Tycho Brahe Exoplanet Fellowship

DTU Space
mandag 19 nov 18

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Frist 15. december 2018
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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) invites applications for a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship (with good possibilities of extension) in the area of exoplanet atmospheres to work with Prof. Lars A. Buchhave and Assistant Prof. João Mendonça. The exoplanet research group at DTU Space focuses on understanding and characterizing exoplanets with emphasis on the abundant small planets through two key areas of research: 1) precise mass measurements of small (often transiting) planets to understand their composition and structure and 2) observation, characterization and modelling of exoplanetary atmospheres to advance our insight into their diversity and composition. The present exoplanet group is rapidly growing, and is currently composed of six members.

Responsibilities and tasks
The new fellow is expected to be an independent postdoctoral researcher within 6 years of obtaining his/her PhD, and should have research experience in the field of exoplanet atmospheres. The applicant is expected to conduct his/her own independent research, increase the group’s observational expertise and to collaborate in the comparison between model predictions and observations with current and future observational facilities (e.g., ARIEL, TESS, HARPS-N, EXPRES, NOT, JWST, ELT).

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The annual salary is approximately 498,000 DKK (~76,000 USD) including pension.

The postdoctoral position is held for 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from:Prof. Lars A. Buchhave, email: buchhave@space.dtu.dk 
Dr. Joao Mendonca, email: joao.mendonca@space.dtu.dk 

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file (except for the recommendation letters) containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Research proposal (max. 3 pages)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
In addition to the documents above, recommendation letters should be sent to: buchhave@space.dtu.dk and joao.mendonca@space.dtu.dk 

Shortlisted candidates will be informed late January 2019 and will be invited to an interview. We expect to extend formal offers late February/early March 2019.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Space
The Institute has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 140 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover exoplanets, large-scale structure of the universe, physics of compact objects, space weather, upper atmosphere physics and cosmo-climatology as well as development of instrumentation, in particular high-energy instrumentation, i.e. X- and gamma ray detectors and -optics. The division is currently active in operation of instruments on and data analysis from three satellites. The division also runs four instrumentation laboratories and hosts a center for space weather research and forecasts.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.