The Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter invites applications for a highly qualified Research Fellow to work on observational studies of protoplanetary disk structure & planet formation and related instrumentation efforts.
The fellow will work in the group of Prof. Stefan Kraus on studying time-variable, planet-induced structures in the inner-most astronomical unit of protoplanetary disks. Our international team built the MIRC-X 6-telescope imager at the CHARA array and conducts a large imaging survey on young stellar objects that is complemented with observations from ESO's VLT Interferometer. Our ongoing instrumentation work at CHARA and VLTI aims to enable infrared interferometry at high spectral resolution.
The Research Fellow will analyse CHARA and VLTI data, interpret the observations using state-of-the-art physical models, and contribute to our instrumentation efforts. We are particularly interested in candidates who would like to contribute to our software or engineering work and/or have prior expertise in modeling complex multi-wavelength data sets. The post offers opportunities to collaborate with Exeter theory experts and colleagues at the University of Michigan+CHARA and includes funding for computing & travel as well as access to the Exeter supercomputing facilities.
A PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline is required. The appointment will be for 3 years from April 1, 2021, and subject to a probation period. Later start dates will be considered.
Please apply using the Exeter job portal (https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk, keyword P75275). Applications should include a single PDF file with cover letter, CV, publication list, and statement of research interests (max. of 3 pages). Please arrange for 3 academic reference letters to be sent directly to Prof. Kraus (email: email@example.com).
Applications received by February 15, 2021, will receive full consideration. The College is committed to providing equal opportunities and advancing the representation of women and minorities in STEM/M subjects.