Postdoctoral Researcher In High Resolution Spectroscopy - Exoplanets
University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom

SALARY: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

HOURS: Full-time

DURATION: Fixed-term for up to 36 months

LOCATION: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK 


We invite inventive and talented individuals to apply for a postdoctoral research position and join the Sun, Stars and Exoplanet research group, at the University of Birmingham. 


The successful candidates will join a vibrant group of astronomers. The Sun, Stars, and Exoplanet group consist of four permanent researchers: Amaury Triaud, Guy Davies, Andrea Miglio and Bill Chaplin, along two main research themes: exoplanets and asteroseismology. Three of us hold ERC grants. Members of the group have responsibilities in SPECULOOS, TESS, Kepler and the PLATO 2.0 Mission. The group benefits from newly refurbished offices at the heart of a beautiful campus. 


The successful applicant will work primarily with Dr Amaury Triaud as part of the BEBOP radial-velocity survey for circumbinary planets, an ERC and Leverhulme Trust funded project with large observing allocations on HARPS (ESO) and SOPHIE (OHP). We particularly welcome applicants with expertise related with high-resolution spectroscopy, various statistical data analysis methods, data mining, algorithm development and machine learning. 


Mirroring the fact that exoplanets are diverse, we welcome applications from all backgrounds to enrich our research group. 


Main duties include:

  • To contribute to the achievement of the School’s research strategy by undertaking specified research activities in spectroscopic data analysis related to circumbinary planets.
  • To plan and develop research contributions to subject area using methodologies, critical evaluations, interpretations, analyses and other appropriate techniques
  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants 


Person Specification 

  • Hold or be close to completing a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, or Computer Science
  • Experience in at least one of: high-resolution spectroscopy, statistical modelling; machine learning; data mining
  • Experience of programming in languages such as R/Python/Julia
  • An understanding of astronomical time series analysis and astrophysics in general would be advantageous 


The position comes with a generous allowance to cover international travel and computing. 


Applications should include a CV, a two-page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of publications. The applicants should also highlight up to 5 papers from the past 3 years and provide for each of them a short summary (max 100 words) on why each paper has been chosen and the contribution of the applicant to the work. Applicants should also arrange for 3 reference letters. Complete applications should be received by 15 June 2019 for full consideration. 


Enquiries can be made to Amaury Triaud at: 

Closing date: 15 June 2019                           


To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 81193 in all enquiries. 

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