Postdoctoral Research in Exoplanets and Binary Stars

University of Birmingham

Postdoctorate Position 3 years Birmingham, UK

Uploaded 10 May 2020

Job Description

The successful candidates 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 ASTEP, 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 seek applicants with expertise related with at least one of the following: n-body numerical integration, advanced statistical data analysis methods, high-resolution spectroscopy, Doppler imaging, photometric time series analysis, data mining, algorithm development and machine learning. Knowledge and expertise related to exoplanets and binary stars is also welcome. Expertise with fitting astrometric orbits is a plus.
 

Person Specification

A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, or Computer Science

Experience in at least one of: n-body numerical integration, advanced statistical data analysis methods, high-resolution spectroscopy, Doppler imaging, photometric time series analysis, data mining, algorithm development and machine learning.

Experience of programming in languages such as R/Python/Julia/C.

A track record of high-quality scientific publications

High level analytical capability

Ability to communicate complex information clearly

Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones

Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project

Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict of duplication of effort

Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly