The “characterization of exoplanet atmospheres with optical phase curves” is an exciting, rapidly-advancing topic in exoplanet science, and there are possibilities for theoretical (radiative transfer, photochemistry, atmospheric retrieval) and observational (photometry, time series analysis) work, or, ideally, for combined theoretical-observational projects. Depending on the emphasis of the project, the candidate’s work will build upon numerical models and pipelines available within the team, and/or develop new tools and applications.
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Antonio García Muñoz (TU Berlin, Germany; member of Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer’s Group) in close collaboration with colleagues at DLR Berlin-Adlershof (Germany) and the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (at the Univ. of Porto, Portugal). The working team is currently involved in the exploitation of CoRoT, Kepler and K2 data, and in the preparation for ESA’s CHEOPS (launch: 2018) and PLATO (launch: 2026) space missions. The appointment is funded by the new DFG Priority Program SPP 1992 ‘Exploring the Diversity of Exoplanets’ (website: http://www-astro.physik.tu-berlin.de/exoplanet-diversity). One of the mandates of the Program is to encourage the interaction and networking of participants with other SPP groups through workshops and collaboration stays.
successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Meteorology, or a related discipline.
Knowledge of programming languages such as Fortran or C (for a numerical project) and/or IDL or python (for an observational project) is essential.
A basic knowledge of astrophysics and atmospheric physics is desirable but not strictly necessary. There will be opportunities for training during the Project. Most importantly, the candidate is expected to show initiative to learn and acquire new skills.
Good analytical and inter-personal skills.
Capacity to work both independently and within an international team.
Please send your written application with the reference number and the usual documents (letter of motivation including a description of your research interests, CV, copies of university degrees and contact details for at least two letters of reference) to Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät II, Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Dr. García Muñoz , Sekr. EW 8-1, Hardenbergstraße 36, 10623 Berlin or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.
Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.