University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Astrophysics
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.05.2021 of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Astrophysics
Reference number: 7968
The University of Vienna announces availability of a 4-year postdoctoral position in observational and/or theoretical/numerical studies related to observing oportunities with the James Webb Space Telescope. The position is part of the Star and Planet Formation group of Prof. Manuel Guedel that hosts a large national research program on planet formation and exoplanetary habitability, offering many opportunities for participation and collaboration including a strong collaboration with ETH Zurich/Switzerland in the framework of the MIRI/JWST project.
The Department provides a lively research environment including approx. 70 staff members, postdocs, and PhD students. The candidate will have access to observatories of ESO and ESA; for numerical work, the Vienna Scientific Cluster will be accessible. The group's active involvement (at the Co-PI/Co-I/science team level) in the consortia of JWST/MIRI, CHEOPS, PLATO, Ariel, Athena, SMILE, METIS on ESO's ELT, and MARVEL offers opportunities for further international collaborations.
Funds are made available to support travel expenses and conference participation.
The position should be filled preferably between spring and late fall 2021.
The candidate will develop research in one of the focus areas of the group, namely planet formation in protoplanetary disks and in particular exoplanetary atmospheres and their evolution, focusing on observations or theoretical/numerical modelling related to upcoming JWST opportunities. The candidate will be expected to carry out a strong independent research program but is encouraged to collaborate with other members of our research group. Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement and the supervision of students are part of the tasks too.
Doctoral degree in astronomy/astrophysics, preferentially with expertise in exoplanetary research and/or planet formation in protoplanetary disks (theory, modeling or observation); although related fields in star/planet formation will also be considered. Good knowledge of programming language(s) and operating system(s) and an excellent command of written and spoken English are essential. Excellent capabilities in independent research and project development are an advantage.
Applications include a motivation letter addressed to Prof. Manuel Guedel, a CV, a publication list, a summary of past research (max 2 pages), and an outline of the proposed research program related to JWST opportunities for the duration of the employment (max. 3 pages). These documents must be submitted electronically as a PDF file to the university's Job Center (JobID 7968). Review starts on 20 January 2021. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference (mentioning JobID 7968) sent by the referees directly to email@example.com.
Main research field
Special research fields
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 25.01.2021, mentioning reference number 7968.
For further information please contact Güdel, Manuel +43-1-4277-53814.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.