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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty II - Cen­ter of Astro­nomy and Astro­phys­ics

Research Assist­ant (PostDoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

The group of Prof. Dr. Rauer con­ducts research in the field of plan­et­ary phys­ics at the Cen­ter for Astro­nomy and Astro­phys­ics. The focus is on the detec­tion of extra­solar plan­ets and the numer­ical mod­el­ing of their atmo­spheres. Prof. Rauer is PI of the ESA PLATO Mis­sion and co-PI of the ground-based NGTS Sur­vey (Next Gen­er­a­tion Transit Sur­vey). This pos­i­tion is integ­rated into the NGTS pro­ject, an inter­na­tional col­lab­or­a­tion with the Uni­versit­ies of Bel­fast, Cam­bridge, Leicester, War­wick (UK), the Obser­vatoire de Geneve (CH), and the Uni­versity of Ant­of­a­gasta (Chile). The goal of this pro­ject is it to invest­ig­ate pop­u­la­tions of exo­plan­ets on close-in orbits using NGTS data as well as data from other transit sur­veys.

Work­ing field:

This pos­i­tion is part of the DFG's 'Explor­ing the Diversity of Extra­solar Plan­ets' pro­gram (SPP 1992). The aim of the SPP in 1992 is to bring together the vari­ous aspects of the the­ory and obser­va­tion of exo­planet research.
For more inform­a­tion, visit our web­site: http://www-astro.physik.tu-berlin.de/exoplanet-diversity.

Require­ments:

  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in phys­ics, astro­phys­ics, astro­phys­ics or related dis­cip­lines
  • PhD in astro­phys­ics or related (at least sub­mit­ted)
  • solid pro­gram­ming exper­i­ence in a high-level lan­guage (Python, C, or sim­ilar)
  • basic know­ledge of astro­phys­ics, and trans­it­ing exo­plan­ets
  • extens­ive exper­i­ence in ana­lysis of pho­to­met­ric data of transit light curves
  • exper­i­ence in work­ing within inter­na­tional col­lab­or­a­tions
  • exper­i­ence in astro­nom­ical obser­va­tions
  • good know­ledge of the Eng­lish lan­guage

More inform­a­tion can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer (heike.rauer@dlr.de).

How to ap­ply:

Please send your writ­ten applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (in par­tic­u­lar letter of motivation, CV, copies of university degrees and contact details for two letters of reference) to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fakultät II, Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Frau Prof. Dr. Rauer, Sekr. EW 8-1, Hardenbergstraße 36, 10623 Berlin or by e-mail to kieschke@astro.physik.tu-berlin.de.

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. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­gi­nal docu­ments will not be retur­ned.