Research Fellow - Pathway to the Confirmation and Characterisation of Habitable Alien Worlds

University of Warwick

Fellowship 3 years Coventry, UK

Uploaded 10 May 2020

Job Description

The successful candidate will work with Dr H. M. Cegla on the “Pathway to the Confirmation and Characterisation of Habitable Alien Worlds,” funded by the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship programme. They will characterise stellar surface variability and measure the alignment between exoplanetary orbits and their host stars’ rotational spin-axis. The candidate will utilise the ‘reloaded RM’ approach to determine such alignments and probe planet migration and evolution. In doing so, they will spatially resolve distant stars, investigate stellar surface variability and determine stellar differential rotation across main sequence stars. Duties will include analysing spectroscopic transit data and applying for observational time on high precision spectrographs, as well as analysing and presenting results in peer-reviewed publications and at national and international conferences. 

Person Specification

Hold, or be about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in an astronomy related discipline

Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field.

A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output.

Strong analytical and problem solving skills transferable to the outlined research programme, including programming experience (e.g. Python, IDL, C etc)

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects.

Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work to defined deadlines

Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team

An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content.