Phd position on the statistical comparison between planet population synthesis and observations at the universities of Bern and Geneva25 Sep 2018, 13:22 UTC
Phd position on the statistical comparison between planet population synthesis and observations at the universities of Bern and Geneva.
As part of its long-term strategic interest in exoplanet science,
the government of Switzerland has awarded funding to a network of universities and
research groups to create a Swiss-wide research framework known as “PlanetS”.
The scope of the framework is broad (see www.nccr-planets.ch) and includes planet
origin, evolution and characterization, considering both the Solar System and
exoplanets, in theory, observation and instrumentation. PlanetS already funds
a large number of PhD and postdoctoral positions in the participating
institutions (University of Bern, University of Geneva, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich).
In order to further support this research effort, we are offering a new PhD position in the field of planetary sciences.
The PhD student is expected to make the link between the theoretical efforts of planet population modeling developed in Bern and the actual observed properties of planets detected in the various surveys conducted in Geneva. Novel tools like machine learning and deep learning are foreseen for this project.
Requirements: Master in astrophysics / physics / mathematics. The successful applicant should have very good physical, computer and mathematical skills. Experience in machine learning and/or deep learning is a plus.
Start: The starting date of the position is negotiable, and could be as early as November 2018.
Duration and salary: The position is funded for 4 years (50% in Bern and 50% in Geneva). The student is expected to share his/her time between the 2 institutions.
A Swiss salary for a PhD candidate is of the order of 50,000 CHF a year.
How to apply: Interested applicants should contact Yann Alibert and Stephane Udry (firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com), and send within a single pdf file their curriculum (including professional experience), a one page motivation letter, the contact details of up to three reference persons, and the notes obtained at the Master level. Complete applications received by October 31st, 2018, will receive full considerations. Past this date, applications will be considered depending on availability.
The universities of Bern and Geneva are equal opportunity employers, and we specially encourage the application of female researchers.
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