Job offer in london Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Observational Exoplanet Studies around Red Dwarfs at Queen Mary University of London

The position is for up to three years, starting on or after Dec 15 2017.

We are looking for a highly-motivated researcher to join the observational exoplanet research team lead by Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escude in the Astronomy Unit (AU), School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. The researcher will lead and participate in observational campaigns using world leading instrumentation such as CARMENES, HARPS and CRIRES+ to search and characterize low mass planets around nearby red dwarfs, and develop advanced analysis techniques for high resolution spectroscopy in the optical and near infrared. The activities will be developed within the “Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems” group in the AU, which includes Prof. Richard Nelson and Dr. Sijme-Jan Pardekooper (planet formation, disks), Dr. James Cho (theory on exoplanet atmospheres), Dr. Craig Agnor and Prof. Carl Murray (Dynamics and origins of the Solar System).

The exoplanet team is also developing activities around new instrument development, and public engagement. The applicant will have the opportunity to participate in a number of international collaborations, such as the ‘Red Dots initiative’ devoted to the search for terrestrial planet around the nearest red dwarfs.

The Astronomy Unit at QMUL performs cutting edge research in planetary and solar system physics, cosmology and plasma physics. The postdoctoral researcher will also be encouraged in participating in some of these efforts. S/He will also expected to devote at least 40% of her/his time leading independent research projects, preferably in the areas of extrasolar planets and/or public engagement.

Being UK based, the researcher will have access to the Isaac Newton Telescope group, all the facilities at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Atacama Large sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) and several other world-class observatories. The Astronomy Unit also has access to excellent local computational facilities, including a new cluster of 800 computational cores bench-marked at 4.5 Teraflops.

The position is available for 3 years starting at any time on or after 15 December 2017. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escudé should they require further information (email

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Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. Jazmina Vaca Ortiz,

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2017. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after.

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