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Postdoctoral researcher in Exoplanet Atmospheres

Faculty of Science – Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Postdoctoral researcher in Exoplanet Atmospheres
Publicatiedatum 13 juni 2019
Sluitingsdatum 17 juli 2019
Opleidingsniveau Gepromoveerd
Functieomvang 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 19-394

We are excited to welcome applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position to work on exoplanet atmospheres with Dr Jayne Birkby and her group at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (the API) at the University of Amsterdam. We seek a curiosity-driven researcher with a passion for modelling atmospheric data, and a keenness to explore as-yet untapped regimes of exoplanet atmosphere studies. The successful applicant will become a key member of Dr Birkby’s ERC funded project exoZoo, which aims to open new windows on studying exoplanet atmospheres. Candidates with a background in atmospheric modelling from the Planetary, Earth, or Exoplanet Science communities are encouraged to apply, and we are also open to other areas of expertise within astrophysics.

The successful applicant will join the vibrant and expanding exoplanet group at the API, with opportunities to collaborate with over 20 exoplanet and planet formation researchers. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam has a developing profile in Origins of Life research, with opportunities to explore areas connected to astrobiology and biosignatures.

Project description

The research will initially focus on high spectral resolution theoretical modelling of exoplanet atmospheres to enable the interpretation of such observations embedded as part of the exoZoo project. This includes both optical and infrared spectra which can be explored in emission, reflection, and transmission. Previous experience in modelling any of these aspects would be beneficial for the position, but is not mandatory. A key goal of exoZoo is to exploit the full power of multi-resolution datasets, combing those from ground- and space-based instruments. An interest in helping to develop the statistical modelling approach to this combination is also a welcomed quality. The applicant is also encouraged to highlight their own research goals within exoplanet atmospheres and the synergies these can have with the exoZoo project. exoZoo ultimately aims to prepare for future observations with ELT instrumentation, particularly the Dutch-led instrument METIS, that will enable the study of the atmospheres of nearby rocky worlds.


Applicants should have a PhD in either astronomy, planetary science, or physics. In addition, the applicant should have a proven track record in either atmospheric modelling, and/or exoplanet research, and/or other related areas.

Further information

For informal inquiries about the position and the exoZoo project, please contact:

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The appointment is intended for an initial period of 2 years, with renewal for a 3rd year contingent upon satisfactory progress. The start of the appointment will be 1 October 2019, or as soon thereafter as possible.
The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,709 to €4,274 (salary scale 10) gross per month (based on a full-time appointment). This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement (Cao) of Dutch universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted using the link below.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, publication list and a (no more than 2 pages) statement of your research interests and goals. Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience. Finally, please arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent directly to Dr Jayne Birkby, to be received by the application deadline.

The deadline for applications is 17 July 2019. ​#LI-DNP     

No agencies please

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