PhD position in exoplanetary geodynamics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Bern
Department Name: 
Center for Space and Habitability
Street Line 1: 
Gesellschaftsstrasse 6
City: 
Bern
State/Province: 
Bern
Zip/Postal: 
3012
Country: 
Switzerland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

An SNSF funded PhD position (3.5 years duration) is available to study the interior dynamics of Earth-like exoplanets under the guidance of Dr Dan J. Bower at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Motivated by the discovery of Earth-like exoplanets orbiting close to their stars, this project involves developing and using state-of-the-art numerical models to understand the interior dynamics of super-Earths. In particular, the project will apply thermodynamic and transport models of melt within a solid-state convection code to understand how melt dictates the thermochemical evolution of rocky planets and determines the likelihood of plate tectonics. The student will acquire knowledge of multiphysics simulations through numerical modelling techniques, code development, parallel computing, and data analysis and synthesis. The project is complementary to ongoing research efforts at the CSH and hence there is flexibility to lend additional insights to the project, such as linking interior models to observations from the next generation of telescopes.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in a quantitative science or engineering discipline (e.g., physics, astrophysics, geophysics, computer science) and a keen interest in Earth and space science. Competence in written and spoken English is necessary.

The application (in English) should be sent to Dr Dan J. Bower (daniel.bower – at – csh.unibe.ch) as a single PDF file. Please compile the following documents:

(1) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
(2) Motivation letter (1 page max.)
(3) Research statement (inc. research interests, experience & relevant skill sets) (2 pages max.)
(4) Academic transcript(s)
(5) Contact details of 2 referees

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$49000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$52000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Dr. Dan J. Bower
Institution/Company: 
University of Bern
Department Name: 
Center for Space and Habitability
Street Line 1: 
Gesellschaftsstrasse 6
City: 
Bern
State/Province: 
Bern
Zip/Postal Code: 
3012
Country: 
Switzerland
Email: 
daniel.bower@csh.unibe.ch
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Dan J. Bower
Subject: 
PhD position in exoplanetary geodynamics
Email: 
daniel.bower@csh.unibe.ch