Applications are invited for an assistant (PhD student) position at the University of Geneva (Geneva Observatory) working with David Ehrenreich on his ERC Consolidator project about the upper atmospheric characterisation of exoplanets. The successful applicant is expected to work on ultraviolet spectroscopic data from the Hubble Space Telescope to search for signatures of escaping atmospheres on exoplanets. The data will come in part from the Hubble Panchromatic Exoplanet Treasury Program, of which Dr. Ehrenreich is a Co-I, and from other programs obtained by the team. The work will involve data reduction and analysis as well as development of new insights about the star-planet interaction, in particular about the impact of stellar coronal and chromospheric activity on these observations.
Setting: The Geneva Observatory offers one of the most vibrant environment worldwide for exoplanet research. Nearly 60 people contribute to the exoplanet team (www.exoplanets.ch), currently including 8 faculty members, 11 postdoctoral researchers, 19 PhD students, and 17 project staff members. Research topics include exoplanet detection, exoplanet characterisation (atmospheres, interiors), planetary system dynamics, and instrumentation. Team members are directly involved into a large number of projects, including photometric instruments (CHEOPS, TESS, PLATO, NGTS), high-resolution spectrographs (HARPS, HARPS-North, NIRPS and ESPRESSO) and direct imaging (SPHERE@VLT). The exoplanet team is also part of PlanetS (www.nccr-planets.ch), a Swiss research network focused on exoplanetary science, which includes ~130 scientists from the Universities of Geneva, Bern, Zurich and the Lausanne and Zurich Polytechnic Schools. The successful applicant will be able to take advantage of this unique collaborative framework.
The University of Geneva is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its workplace.
Start date is flexible; the position could start as early as June 2017.
Duration: This is a 4-year position.
Salary: ~45’000 CHF/year, according to rules of the University and Canton of Geneva.
Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2017, but later applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Requirements: A MSc degree in astronomy, astrophysics or related fields. The successful applicant will be immersed in a teamwork environment, therefore good team playing abilities and focus will be praised soft skills.
How to apply: The following application materials should be encapsulated within a single pdf and sent to David.Ehrenreich@unige.ch:
A curriculum vitae (2 pages).
A cover letter (1 page) listing the names of 2 references/referees.
Up to two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Ehrenreich by the referees themselves.
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