We are seeking qualified candidates to fill a Ph.D. position funded by the Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern. The 2019 Hans Sigrist Ph.D. Fellowship is dedicated to training a young scientist who will be an observational astronomer working with data from the upcoming CHEOPS space telescope of the European Space Agency (ESA), which is expected to launch in Fall 2019. The position is embedded within the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with fellow CHEOPS astronomers at the Geneva Observatory.
The research work consists of writing computer code and developing methods to reduce, analyse and interpret photometric data from the CHEOPS space telescope. The successful candidate will work on a day-to-day basis with Dr. Brett Morris and be embedded in the research groups of Prof. Kevin Heng and Prof. Brice-Olivier Demory, who are members of the CHEOPS science team. CHEOPS science team members and their research group members, including the person who will fill this position, have privileged access to the Guaranteed Telescope Observations (GTO) of CHEOPS.
To apply, please send a personal statement indicating why you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in physics specializing in observational exoplanet science (maximum of 2 pages), a CV (1 page), a list of publications (if applicable), transcripts of your grades of courses obtained during your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a cover letter (1 page) listing the names of 3 referees/references. We will pay close attention to your personal motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. degree as written in your personal statement. The entire application should be submitted as a SINGLE PDF FILE to Prof. Kevin Heng (kevin.heng ‘at’ csh.unibe.ch) by the deadline of 30th November 2019. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that three letters of recommendation are sent directly by the letter writers to Prof. Heng by the same deadline.
The ideal candidate has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or equivalent. He/she is enthusiastic, communicative and tenacious, and is willing to work within a diverse team of researchers. A willingness and hunger to learn new things is more important than prior training.