The STAR Institute of the University of Liège is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of exoplanet imaging. This position is open within the framework of the ERC Consolidator Grant EPIC, which aims to advance high-contrast imaging techniques with the help of machine learning. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Olivier Absil, and in collaboration with Prof Gilles Louppe (Computer Science Dpt), on the development of new algorithms for focal-plane wavefront sensing, building upon our recent efforts to leverage the power of machine learning techniques. He/she will validate these new algorithms on an infrared coronagraphic test bench. The postdoc will also be responsible for the development of the focal-plane wavefront sensing solution to be implemented in the METIS high-contrast imager, in collaboration with Prof Matthew Kenworthy (Leiden). The postdoc is expected to spend about 70% of his/her time on this project, while the rest of the time can be spent on a personal research subject, which should preferably be related to Dr Absil's research activities (extrasolar planetary systems, high-contrast imaging, adaptive optics, stellar interferometry).
A successful candidate must hold a PhD in astronomy, physics (optics/instrumentation), or a related field by the starting date of the position. A good experience in programming is required. Some experience in machine learning and/or computer vision would be an asset. Applications should include:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae and a list of publications
- a statement of current and future research interests (up to 3 pages)
The application, merged into one single pdf file, should be sent by email to Olivier Absil (firstname.lastname@example.org). The applicants should also provide the names and contact details of three referees who could be contacted for reference letters.
Complete applications received by 10 May 2019 will receive full consideration. The preferred starting date of the appointment is September 2019, although we would accept starting dates up to early 2020. The appointment is initially for two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.