Postdoctoral Researcher in Exoplanet Observations
University of Bern Center for Space and Habitability
Switzerland

Postdoctoral researcher in exoplanet observations (SAINT-EX)
 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position at the Centre for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern.


The successful applicant will work as a member of the SAINT-EX research team led by Prof. Brice-Olivier Demory (http://www.saintex.unibe.ch), University of Bern, Center for Space and Habitability (http://csh.unibe.ch)


Tasks
The Postdoctoral researcher will be expected to conduct a competitive research pro­gramme in exoplanets and will be coordinating the science operations of the SAINT-EX ground-based observatory.

SAINT-EX is a 1-m, fully robotic telescope located in San Pedro Martir (Mexico) that focuses 1) on the search for transiting exoplanets orbiting ultra-cool dwarfs (similar to TRAPPIST-1) and 2) in providing ground-based support to the ESA CHEOPS mission (launch Dec 2019).
 

The successful Postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to be involved in the SPECULOOS collaboration.
A high-degree of interaction with the CSH members is also expected.


Requirements
Candidates with previous expertise in exoplanet observations and/or ground-based telescope operations are strongly encouraged to apply.


We offer
As per the University of Bern's rules, candidates to this position should have been awarded their PhD after 1 August 2017.
Starting salary is 87'750 CHF, with an initial appointment of 2 years. Child allowance and maternity/paternity leave are offered.

The earliest starting date is 1 August 2020. The position comes with a research budget for travel, publication costs and computing resources.

Applications
Applications are invited from all nationalities and should consist of 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a research proposal (3 pages), 4) a summary of past achievements (1 page), 5) a list of publications and 6) the names of 3 references. Materials should be submitted through the web interface:


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