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|Post-doctoral position in the field of exoplanets||Closing date: 2017-04-01
Contact: Prof. Leen Decin
|At Leuven University (Belgium), we seek an excellent candidate for a post-doctoral research position, ready to play a key role in our interdisciplinary project focusing on exoplanet atmosphere modelling. The goal of the project is to understand the intricate host star - exoplanet interaction, both in terms of dynamics and chemistry.|
|We seek a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in theoretical modelling and/or retrieval algorithms. We aim to further develop our in-house developed dynamical + chemistry exoplanet modelling tools and to confront the model observables with new exoplanet spectra which will be obtained with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, launch in 2018). The post-doc will be part of an active and highly performing team, which guarantees an environment in which the post-doc has access to ample support and which will train the post-doc towards his/her own career path.
The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) of Leuven University is a young and active research group of some 50 scientists, engineers and administrative sta (http://fys.kuleuven.be/ster). The institute is involved in several international networks and research projects, involving telescopes at international observatories and space missions. The organisation of the Master in Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Faculty of Science at Leuven University is in the hands of the IoA.
At Leuven University, the candidates will join the Institute of Astronomy (Prof. L. Decin). The interdisciplinary project is carried out in collaboration with dr. L. Carone (Heidelberg) and dr. O. Venot (Paris). The candidate will interact closely with the other team members at the IoA and within the departments of mathematics and chemistry. At Leuven University, we have access to parallel computing facilities, to be exploited extensively in this project.
The postdoc candidate will be employed at the Institute of Astronomy. The initial contract runs over 2 years. The salary will be commensurate to the standard scale for post-doctoral researchers at Leuven University. The preferred starting date is between 1 May 2017 and 1 December 2017, but will be adapted to the selected candidate's availability. Candidates are thus requested to indicate their preferred starting date in the application.
The successful post-doc candidate must have a PhD degree in astrophysics, (theoretical) physics or (applied) mathematics. The application must be sent as single pdf document including a CV and publication list, a statement of research interests and future plans (max. 3 pages), a letter detailing your specific qualifications for the position and your career/educational goals (max. 1 page). Two letters of recommendation from professors well acquainted with your academic achievements are to be submitted separately to the address mentioned below.
The application should be sent by email to Prof. L. Decin (Leen.Decin @ ster.kuleuven.be) and dr. K. Clemer (Katrijn.Clemer @ ster.kuleuven.be).
DEADLINE for the application: 1 April 2017
More information can be obtained by contacting
Prof. L. Decin
Institute for Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Leen.Decin @ ster.kuleuven.be
+32 16 32 70 41
See also: http://fys.kuleuven.be/ster/
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