Technische Universität Berlin - Faculty II - Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Research Assistant (PostDoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen
part-time employment may be possible
The TU Berlin Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics is cooperating with the Department of Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres at the Institute of Planetary Research of DLR (Berlin, Germany) that performs photometric analysis of time-series data of stellar measurements to detect and accurately characterize exoplanets (mass, radius, atmospheric properties etc). We also develop numerical models of planetary atmospheres.
We are is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated astronomer/physicist for the project "Exploring the Diversity of Exoplanets in the Mass-Density Diagram" which is funded through the DFG Priority Program SPP1992: "Exploring the Diversity of Extrasolar Planets".
Our program characterizes exoplanets in terms of their masses, radii and densities using transiting planets found by the K2 and, in the near future, TESS transit search missions. This work is a strong collaboration between Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at Cologne University (RIU) and the Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg (Thuringia State Observatroy, TLS). Our team is involved with all aspects of exoplanet transit studies: light curve processing, transit detections, transit light curve modeling, planet mass determination via Doppler measurements and determination of the stellar parameters of the host stars.
The duties of the successful candidate are: 1) to reduce data, perform photometry and decorrelation on K2, and future TESS, CHEOPS data; 2) stellar variability removal, 3) participating in transit candidate detection, 4) participating in joint radial velocity and light curve fits, 5) characterization of the planetary systems in terms of mass, radius and density.
Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) and PhD in physics, astronomy, astrophysics
knowledge of scientific programming in high-level language, e. g. IDL, GDL, Java, C++ or Python, and in script languages in UNIX/Windows environment
experience in the field of exoplanet research
it will be considered beneficial having expertise in the analysis of high precision photometric time-series of space observations, in the modelling of transit light curves of exoplanets and stellar binaries, in the modelling of stellar variability, the detection methods of transiting planets, and in the discovery of variable stars
deep interest in numerical modelling, planetary research
ability to work alone as well as in a team in structured way
good communication skills and knowledge of English
Please send your written application with the reference number and the usual documents (letter of motivation, CV, copies of university degrees and contact details for two letters of reference; a list of successful telescope time and research grant applications is desirable) preferably in a single pdf file to email@example.com or in writing to Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät II, Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Frau Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer, Sekr. EW 8-1, Hardenbergstraße 36, 10623 Berlin.
To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.
Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned