Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Atmosphere Modelling.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years. Candidates should be able to start no later than 1 October 2020.
We seek a curiosity driven researcher with a passion for modelling exoplanet atmospheres, and for exploring and proposing new theoretical avenues for exoplanet atmosphere follow-up. The researcher will join Prof Jayne Birkby's new group in Oxford as part of her ERC-funded project “exoZoo: High definition and time-resolved studies of exoplanet atmospheres”.
The successful candidate will initially focus on high spectral resolution theoretical modelling of exoplanet atmospheres to enable the interpretation of such observations embedded as part of the exoZoo. The exoZoo aims to deliver detailed comparative exoplanetology to understand the incredible diversity of exoplanets and their formation pathways. It covers a wide range of planet mass and temperature for the successful candidate to explore in emission, reflection, or transmission across multiple resolutions. The successful candidate will also aid in simulations of exoplanet atmospheres designed to help prepare the ELTs for the remote exploration of rocky worlds. They will further be encouraged to form collaborations within the Oxford Network for Planets to support this.
Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in astronomy, planetary science, geoscience, or a closely related discipline.
Previous experience in radiative transfer, chemistry, or dynamics as applied to exoplanet atmospheres or at high spectral resolution will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to carry out specific research projects independently, while working constructively within a larger team. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who have been traditionally under-represented in academic posts.
The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Jayne Birkby firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and 2 references should be sent direct to Leanne.email@example.com