The Space Sciences, Technologies, and Astrophysics Research (STAR) Institute invites applications for one Postdoc and one PhD positions in the field of infrared interferometry and exoplanet science. These positions are fully funded by a new ERC Consolidator Grant starting in September 2020.
The postdoc will join the team as Instrument Scientist to support and supervise the development, characterisation, and tests of the instrument in the lab (50%) and to enable deep interferometric nulling with the VLTI (50%). We are looking for a postdoc with a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or Optical Engineering with experience and interests in some of the following fields: Astronomical instrumentation in the infrared, interferometry, optical design and setups, and/or cryogenic instruments.
The PhD position will be dedicated to the development of advanced self-calibration data reduction techniques (50%) and to the scientific exploitation of current high-contrast infrared interferometers (50%). A successful candidate must hold a Masters degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection. Strong collaboration spirit and good communication skills in oral and written English are required. The PhD positions are not restricted by nationality. PhD students are funded for four years, earn competitive salaries, and are eligible for social security benefits.
These research topics are described in more detail here.
Applicants should send a CV and a brief statement of past research and research interests to Dr Denis Defrère. They should also arrange for two reference letters to be sent by the application deadline. For the PhD position, the candidates must also send transcripts of study records (with grades). The applications are to be written in English. Informal enquiries about these positions are welcome and should be sent to the address provided above. Starting dates are expected to be in September/October 2020, but are negotiable. Complete applications received by June 5 (2020) will receive full consideration.
For more information, please contact Dr Denis Defrère, coordinator of the ERC project.