PhD position in “Modelling, detection and characterization of tidally heated exomoons”

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Leiden University
Department Name: 
Leiden Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Postbus 9513
City: 
Leiden
State/Province: 
Zuid-Holland
Zip/Postal: 
2300 RA
Country: 
Netherlands
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Moons around other planets - exomoons - are expected to exist, but so far none have been confirmed with observations. The aim of this project is to observe exomoons directly in far-infrared wavelengths, specifically Tidally Heated ExoMoons (THEMs), and modelling their detectability and interiors. The aim of these models is twofold: firstly to guide the selection of promising target planets that may harbour detectable exomoons, and secondly to allow for the physical interpretation of upcoming detections of such exomoons. The project will include both the application and extension of existing models, as well as the setup, planning and analysis of astronomical observations.

This project is part of the NWO Planetary and Exoplanetary Science (PEPSci) programme and ventures on the boundary of astronomy and geosciences.

We offer a funded PhD position for 4 years to be jointly supervised by Dr. Matthew Kenworthy (Leiden Observatory) and Dr. Dominic Dirkx (TU Delft). You will also join the PEPSci network together with the PhD students from other projects within the network.


We are looking for a candidate with:

  • A MSc degree in physics, astronomy, geosciences, planetary sciences or related science;
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English;
  • Skills in Python and C++ are preferred, but not essential - please contact us if you are unsure.

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week starting from September to December 2020 for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

 

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$43500.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits. Health care insurance amounts to approx. 100 euro/month/person (children are free).

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 31, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, July 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Matthew Kenworthy
Title: 
Associate Professor
Institution/Company: 
Leiden Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Postbus 9513
City: 
Leiden
State/Province: 
Zuid-Holland
Zip/Postal Code: 
2300 RA
Country: 
Netherlands
Email: 
kenworthy@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
KEN001
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Matthew Kenworthy
Subject: 
PhD position on exomoons
Email: 
kenworthy@strw.leidenuniv.nl