University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Astrophysics
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2022 of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Astrophysics
Reference number: 12392
The University of Vienna announces availability of a 4-year postdoctoral position in observational and/or theoretical/numerical studies related to the formation and evolution of planets and their atmospheres. The position is part of the Star and Planet Formation group of Prof. Manuel Guedel that hosts a research program on star and planet formation, planet evolution, stellar activity, and exoplanetary habitability, offering many opportunities for participation and collaboration. The Department of Astrophysics provides a lively research environment including approx. 70 staff members, postdocs, and doctoral 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 in spring 2022 but no earlier than 1 February 2022.
The candidate will develop research in the area of planet formation and evolution, preferably addressing planetary atmospheres and their interactions with the "space weather environment" including aspects of habitablity, but related topics are acceptable. Specialisation can be in the areas of both observations and theoretical/numerical modelling. 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, also in the use of relevant numerical simulation codes if appropriate. Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement and the supervision of students is also part of the tasks.
Doctoral degree in astronomy/astrophysics, preferentially with expertise in exoplanetary research (theory, modeling, or observation). 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 for the duration of the employment (max. 3 pages). These documents must be submitted electronically as a PDF file via/to the university's Job Center (JobID 12392). Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference (mentioning JobID 12392) sent by the referees directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main research field
Special research fields
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
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 23.01.2022, mentioning reference number 12392.
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.