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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - School of Physics & Astronomy

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th October 2021
Closes: 3rd December 2021
Job Ref: 2254
 

Fixed Term position, 2 years

Start date: 1 April 2022 to 1 October 2022

We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to pursue original research in the characterisation of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. The successful candidate will join the research group led by Professor Beth Biller at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Edinburgh.

The Opportunity:

The research goal of this position is to further understand the atmospheres, physical properties, and demographics of directly imaged giant planets and brown dwarfs, with an aim to extend the same direct imaging techniques to lower mass, cooler planets.  The PDRA will work with Professor Beth Biller to analyse and interpret photometric variability and spectroscopic data for brown dwarfs and directly imaged exoplanets.  Depending on interests,  there will be the opportunity to work with JWST Early Release Science data as well as to lead future large-telescope observational projects.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD (or near completion) in Astronomy or related subject
  • Relevant research experience in characterisation of exoplanets and brown dwarfs
  • Record of high-quality lead-author and co-authored refereed journal publications (relative to career stage).
  • Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative, and with the ability to think creatively
  • Good timekeeping and time-management, with effective prioritisation of tasks.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.
  • [Desirable:] Experience of working with high-contrast or spectroscopic datasets, and advanced data analysis techniques, or experience working with exoplanet atmospheric models

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