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PhD position in exoplanet observations

PhD position in exoplanet observations

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/de0065ea

Applications are invited for a PhD position within the exoplanet team at the University of Geneva to work on photometric observations of transiting exoplanets. The main focus of the PhD thesis will be to study the density of exoplanets by deriving their precise radii from light curve analysis of NGTS, K2 and TESS surveys and complementary follow-up observations.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the follow-up activities, and focus on retrieving the signatures of Super-Earth and Neptune-like planets with high-precision photometry. While the PhD project will be based on photometric observations, he/she will also participate in ongoing high-precision RV follow-up using CORALIE, HARPS and NIRPS. The successful candidate will be in charge to the transit modelling, identification of false positives, ranking and vetting of transiting candidates, coordination, execution and analysis of photometric observations carried out with EulerCam at the 1.2 m Euler telescope at La Silla observatory. He/She will also contribute to the activities of the NGTS transit survey and to DACE platform tools related to light curve analysis.

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 characterisation 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 (http://nccr-planets.ch/), dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterisation of planets inside and outside our Solar System. The applicant will also have the opportunity to develop collaborations with members of PlanetS.

The applicant is required to have a Master in Astrophysics. Proficiency in Python programming is considered as a plus. This four-year PhD position is founded by Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 50,000 CHF a year. The position is available immediately and a rapid start by the student would be appreciated. The University is actively seeking to increase the numbers of women in physics and hence women are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send (in a single pdf file) a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, a motivation letter including information on skills and previous experience, names of people who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation, and the contact details to Prof. François Bouchy, University of Geneva, francois.bouchy(at)unige.ch, before 15th January 2020.   

 

 

Postdoctoral research positions

Postdoctoral position in exoplanet observations

Postdoctoral position in exoplanet observations

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/aab17f34

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Swiss research platform PlanetS to work on photometric observations of transiting exoplanets. PlanetS (http://nccr-planets.ch/) is a Switzerland-wide research network for planetary sciences with a large focus on exoplanets. The available position is co-offered by the University of Geneva and the University of Bern. It will be located primarily within the exoplanet team at the University of Geneva, with a 6-month stay foreseen at the University of Bern.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the follow-up of long-period transiting planets detected by space-based surveys (TESS, K2) and contribute to their interior modelling. He/She will participate in ongoing observing programs of the Geneva exoplanet team, consisting of radial-velocity (CORALIE, HARPS, NIRPS) and photometric (EulerCam, NGTS) observations. He/she will be charged mainly with the analysis of photometry, with a particular focus on the confirmation of long-period giant planets, most importantly single-transit candidates. He/she is expected to complete tasks including light curve modelling, target selection, prioritisation and the joint analysis of photometric and RV data. He/she will spend six months at the University of Bern to conduct the interior modelling of long-period planets using the Bern planetary evolution and structure models.

PlanetS presents a vibrant research environment with a wide range of activities including theory, numerical simulations, observations and instrumental developments related to exoplanets. The successful candidate will have ample opportunity to collaborate within PlanetS, in particular with regard to the CHEOPS space mission and projects related to the characterisation of planetary atmospheres. The exoplanet team at the University of Geneva is renown for its strong involvement in planet detection, the determination of the planet physical properties, the characterisation of planetary atmospheres, and the development of an associated world-class instrumentation.

Applicants are expected to have completed a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or expect to complete it by the start of the position. Applicants are also expected to have experience in observation, data reduction and analysis, especially related to high-precision photometry. Additional experience with either theoretical modelling of planetary interiors or high-precision radial-velocities would be advantageous.

The duration of the appointment is initially for two years, with a possible prolongation for a third year depending on performance and available funding. This position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 80,000 CHF a year. The position is available immediately and to be started at latest on 1 May 2020. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Monika Lendl at the University of Geneva. Applications should be sent via email to monika.lendl(at)unige.ch and contain (in a singe pdf file) 1) curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications, 3) a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects (max. 2 pages) and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent before 15 January 2020.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 
 
Postdoctoral research position on exoplanet imaging using extreme adaptive optics

postdoctoral position on exoplanet IMAGING USING EXTREME ADAPTATIVE OPTICS

The exoplanet team of Geneva University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher on exoplanet imaging using extreme adaptive optics. The project aims at identifying and studying the physics (chemical composition, evolution, mass determination) of ultra-cool companions to nearby main sequence stars in the separation range of 10-100 AU. Such a challenging feat is possible thanks to:

  • a unique sample of nearby stars with promising low mass companion candidates derived from 20 years of precise radial velocity measurements with CORALIE/HARPS and close to 5 year of astrometric measurements with GAIA. 
  • State of the art high contrast imaging & spectroscopic instruments(SPHERE/GPI) that allow us to detect and characterize faint companions with contrast as high as 300 000 (∆mag=13.5-14) in the near infrared. 

Successful candidates will also be encouraged to develop independent projects in collaboration with members of the Geneva University Exoplanet group.

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. Our exoplanet team is renowned for its strong involvement in exoplanet detection, the determination of the planet physical properties, the characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres, and the development of world-class instrumentation. We are also co-leading the Swiss-wide National  Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS (www.nccr-planets.ch), dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterization of planets inside and outside our Solar System, providing the applicants with opportunities to develop collaborations with members of the large PlanetS community.

Applicants are expected to have a strong experience in high contrast imaging of exoplanets and/or brown dwarfs as well as an excellent knowledge of data reduction and image processing. The duration of the postdoc contract is 2 years, with possible extension to a third year depending on available funds. The positions are funded by Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 80,000 CHF and are open for immediate start.

 

Interested candidates can contact and send their application to Dr. Damien Ségransan (damien.segransan(at)unige.ch). The application should contain *in a singe pdf file*:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a publication list;
  • a one page (max) motivation letter;
  • a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects.

Applicants should arrange for up to two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. The deadline is October 31st, 2019 but applications will accepted until the positions are filled.

 

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