Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Discovery with the PLATO Mission

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, February 16, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics (Astrophysics)
Street Line 1: 
Denys Wilkinson Building
Street Line 2: 
Keble Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal: 
OX1 3RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in exoplanet discovery with the PLATO mission. The post is available as a fixed-term appointment and is offered either as full-time or part-time working (from 18.75 hours per week).

Oxford Astrophysics invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with Professor Suzanne Aigrain on the detection and characterisation of transiting planets with the European Space Agency’s PLATO mission. PLATO, due for launch in 2026, will discover thousands of planets transiting bright stars, including habitable planets, and will probe the internal structure of the host stars using asteroseismology. Our role within the project is to minimise the impact of stellar activity on the detection and characterisation of transiting exoplanets. The postholder will help define and optimise algorithms, which will ultimately be included in the PLATO pipeline. They will also have the opportunity to test these algorithms on data from the TESS mission, and thus to discover and new exoplanets during the timeframe of the position, and be involved in their detailed characterisation. The postholder will be expected to write software definition documents, participate in regular PLATO team meetings, and promote the science objectives of the mission by presenting their research at international conferences. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach and co-supervise undergraduate research projects.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a PhD in astrophysics or a related field, and ideally possess a background in stellar or planetary physics. Previous experience in the field of transiting exoplanet discovery and characterisation will be advantageous.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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HR Team
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics
Street Line 1: 
Clarendon Laboratory
Street Line 2: 
Parks Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
OX1 3PU
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Email: 
personnel@physics.ox.ac.uk
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
133483
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Professor Suzanne Aigrain
Subject: 
PDRA in Exoplanet Discovery with teh PLATO Mission
Email: 
Suzanne.aigrain@physics.ox.ac.uk