Postdoc in Exoplanetary Atmospheres

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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) is offering a 3-year postdoctoral position in the area of exoplanet atmospheres to work with Professor Lars A. Buchhave and Senior Researcher João Mendonça. The successful applicant will join the rapidly expanding exoplanet research group at DTU Space, and work on planning, analyzing, modelling and interpreting observational data of exoplanetary atmospheres. Recently, DTU has made a significant investment to place Denmark at the forefront of exoplanetary atmospheric research.

Our research group focuses on characterizing exoplanets, with special emphasis on understanding 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 and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres to advance our insight into their diversity and composition.

Responsibilities and tasks
The new postdoc is expected to develop cutting edge methods to characterize planetary atmospheres by obtaining observations from current and future observational facilities and interpreting these using leading theoretical models (including our group’s GCMs). The position involves a high degree of freedom to work on projects that the applicant finds interesting, as long as they fit within the general areas outlined above. The exoplanet research group at DTU Space is involved in a number of international projects, instruments and missions including TESS, ARIEL, PLATO, EXPRES, HARPS-N, HIRES/ELT, NOT and LUVOIR. The successful applicant will have access to data from a variety of facilities including the HST PanCET program and a large TESS follow-up program on the NOT and will be expected to utilize ESO facilities, HST and JWST. Additionally, a number of opportunities are available in Denmark for young career scientists to apply for additional funding to start an independent research group (e.g. starting grants), which is encouraged.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment. Applicants with previous experience in data reduction, observation, analysis and/or modelling of spectroscopic data of planetary atmospheres are encouraged to apply. 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 an 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 postdoctoral position is held for 3 years at the Technical University of Denmark. 

The annual salary is approximately 498,000 DKK (~76,000 USD) including pension. 

Starting date for the position should preferably be in the Q4 of 2019, but the starting date is flexible.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from:

Prof. Lars A. Buchhave, email:

Dr. Joao Mendonca, email:

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 31 July 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be informed in August 2019 and will be invited to an interview. We expect to extend formal offers late August/early September 2019. 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file 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)
  • A summary of past research and a description of future research goals (max. 3 pages)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Recommendation letters

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
DTU Space has about 160 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. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astro-physics.

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.