The NCCR PlanetS is a Swiss-wide interdisciplinary research programme dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterisation of planets within our own and in extra-solar systems. The NCCR PlanetS includes the Universities of Bern, Geneva and Zurich, as well as ETH Zurich and Lausanne. For a joint project within the framework of the NCCR PlanetS, the Isotope Geochemistry Group at the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the Computational Group at the University of Zurich, Switzerland seek a
Postdoctoral Researcher in Isotope Cosmochemistry and Computational Planet Formation
The project includes the utilization of radiation hydrodynamic simulations to address chondrule formation through planetary bow shocks and disk-wide shocks in the protoplanetary disk. The simulation design will be optimized to allow direct testing against cosmochemical data available for chondrules, with the goal to assess which chondrule formation model provides the best match for all available cosmochemical constraints.
A vital part of the project will be to liaise between the cosmochemistry group at ETH Zurich and the computational astrophysics group at the Institute of Computational Science (ICS) of the University of Zurich, and bring a strong cosmochemical component to the simulations.
We seek a highly motivated individual, ideally with a strong cosmochemical background and a genuine interest in programming and interdisciplinary work. The successful applicant will work with teams at both the University and ETH Zurich to develop an innovative program contributing towards our understanding of chondrule formation.
The applicant should have a PhD in cosmochemistry or a similar field and a strong foundation in programming. Preference is given to cosmochemical experience and, secondarily, to candidates with some experience in numerical modelling in astrophysics or geophysics. The candidate will work together with other postdocs and PhD students at ICS, whose main expertise is in astrophysical hydro codes and computational planet formation. Moreover, excellent collaborative and communicative skills, the ability to work independently, and fluency in written and spoken English are vital. The position is available immediately and is initially funded for 24 months, with the possibility of extension.
The NCCR PlanetS makes a special effort to encourage women and other under-represented minorities to apply.
For further information about the position, please contact Prof. M. Schönbächler or Prof. Lucio Mayer by email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications) and visit our website http://nccr-planets.ch.Applications with a Curriculum Vita and the names of three referees should be sent online (on the ETHZ website https://apply.refline.ch/845721/5129/pub/en/index.html) to: ETH Zurich, Mrs. Maja Bügler, Human Resources, 8092 Zurich. Evaluation of applications will start February 3 and continue until the position is filled.
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