As part of its long-term strategic interest in exoplanet science, the government of Switzerland has awarded funding to a network of universities and research groups to create a Swiss-wide research framework known as "PlanetS". The scope of the framework is broad (see www.nccr-planets.ch) and includes planet origin, evolution and characterization, considering both the Solar System and exoplanets, in theory, observation and instrumentation. PlanetS already funds a large number of PhD and postdoctoral positions in the participating institutions (University of Bern, University of Geneva, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich).
In order to further support this research effort, we are offering a new postdoctoral position in the field of computational planetary sciences.
The applicants should have experience in computational hydrodynamics and in planet formation and evolution. The position will be based at the University of Bern, hosted by the groups of Willy Benz and Yann Alibert, but frequent and regular interactions are foreseen with the Institute of Computational Science at the University of Zürich, where the groups of Lucio Mayer, Ravit Helled, Ben Moore and Joachim Stadel are part of PlanetS. The selected applicant will address different key problems of planet formation, using high resolution hydrodynamical models developed with state-of-the-art multidimensional grid-based, SPH and lagrangian mesh codes in use and development at the University of Zurich (RAMSES, GASOLINE2/ChaNGa, ROSSBI and GIZMO). She/he will have access to the high level supercomputing facilities at the University of Bern, Zurich and at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, which hosts the 7th fastest supercomputer in the world. Interested applicants should contact Yann Alibert and Lucio Mayer, and send a CV, a publication list, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent before 31th December 2016.
The length of a postdoc contract is of 2 years, with possible extension to a third and even a fourth year depending on available funds. Applicants should be less than 4 years after their PhD at the beginning of the position. Swiss postdoc salaries are extremely competitive (between 75,000 and 95,000 CHF a year) even considering local costs of living, and are set by standard local regulations based on age and experience.
The starting date of the position is negotiable, and could be as early as January 2017.
Applications have to be sent to Yann Alibert (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lucio Mayer (email@example.com).
The universities of Berne and Zürich are equal opportunity employers, and we specially encourage the application of young female researchers.