Postdoctoral Researcher in high-resolution spectroscopy - Exoplanets

University of Birmingham

Postdoctorate Position Fixed Term Birmingham, UK

Uploaded 25 May 2019

Job Description

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 candidate 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. 

The group benefits from newly refurbished offices at the heart of a beautiful campus. Members of the group have responsibilities in SPECULOOS, TESS, Kepler and the PLATO 2.0 Mission. 

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. 

The position comes with a generous allowance to cover international travel and computing. Mirroring the fact that exoplanets are diverse, we welcome applications from all backgrounds to enrich our research group.

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