Postdoctoral position in exoplanet retrieval

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Government Agency
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
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SRON invites applicants for a postdoctoral position in the field of exoplanet atmosphere retrieval methods. The project is part of the H2020 project ExoplANETS A. This project is a high impact collaboration between seven leading European institutes and serves as a preparation for the wealth of data coming from JWST and other space & ground-based telescopes. The postdoc will be responsible for ensuring the success of WP3 in this project, which entails the development and application of novel atmospheric retrieval methods.

The position is located at SRON, Utrecht but will be in close collaboration with Dr. Ingo Waldmann at UCL (University College London). In this context the successful applicant will be a key developer of the state-of-the-art retrieval package Tau-REx and will be part of a dynamic, international team.

We aim at researchers with some postdoctoral experience who want to perform research at the edge of theory and observation. The successful applicant ideally leads/contributes to the analysis of observations in a strong physical and chemical context. Within this context there is freedom on the chosen focus.

We are looking for a scientist with a PhD degree in astronomy or related fields and preferentially some postdoctoral experience in the field of exoplanet atmosphere observations. The successful candidate should have some atmospheric modelling background (planetary, exoplanetary, or brown dwarfs) and be proficient in Python, C and/or Fortran. Good knowledge of the English language is essential and the candidate should be capable of working both independently and in a team.

Letter of application

To apply you can send a motivation letter with CV, publication list, a short research statement (max. 3 pages) to Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.
Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1361" in the subject of your mail.

Included Benefits: 

Employment of this full-time position as a Scientist C at SRON-Utrecht is by NOW-I (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research - Institutes) and will be for a period of 3 years. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NOW-I with a maximum of € 4,154.00 gross per month on a full-time basis (depending on education and relevant experience).
NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:

  • An end of year bonus of 8.33% of the gross yearly salary;
  • 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
  • An excellent pension scheme;
  • Options for (additional) personal development;
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary. 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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