Postdoctoral research position: Precise radius of extrasolar planets (University of Geneva)
Project leader: François Bouchy (Francois.Bouchy@unige.ch)
The exoplanet team of Geneva University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the radius determination of transiting exoplanets. The group is part of SWASP and NGTS ground-based photometric surveys and to CHEOPS and TESS space missions. The selected applicant will address light-curve analysis, transit fitting, vetting and ranking of exoplanet candidates from ground-survey NGTS and space mission K2. The postdoc will have access to the 1.2-m Euler telescope and will conduct the imaging and photometric follow-up with EulerCam and will contribute to the data-reduction pipeline optimization of this facility. The selected applicant will participate to the identification and follow-up of mono-transit exoplanet candidates. The postdoc will be welcome to contribute to the preparation of TESS photometric follow-up, to the science preparation of CHEOPS mission, and to the development of the DACE (Data & Analysis Center for Exoplanets) platform.
The Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva offers a modern and vibrant work environment, with a wide range of activities including theory, numerical simulations, observations and instrumental developments in the domains of exoplanets, stellar physics, galactic dynamics, observational cosmology and high-energy astrophysics. The exoplanet team is especially well renown, with strong involvement in planet detection, the determination of the planet physical properties, the characterization of planet atmospheres, and the development of an associated world-class instrumentation. We are also co-leading the Swiss-wide National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterization of planets inside and outside our Solar System. The applicant will also have the opportunity to develop collaborations with members of PlanetS.
Requirements: PhD in astrophysics. Applicants are expected to have a strong experience in the data reduction and analysis of high-precision photometric light curves. Candidates should be less than 3 years after their PhD at the beginning of the position.
Start: The position is available immediately.
Duration: The length of a postdoc contract is of 2 years, with possible extension to a third year depending on available funds.
Salary: This position is founded by Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 80’000 CHF a year.
How to apply: Interested candidates should contact Prof. François Bouchy, University of Geneva, Francois.Bouchy@unige.ch, and send (in a singe pdf file) a CV, a publication list, a motivation letter, a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent before 31th October 2016.
The University is actively seeking to increase the numbers of women in physics and hence women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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