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The inspirational nature of exoplanet and extragalactic science attracts the best young minds from all over the world. The intersectoral environment of CSED prepares a new generation of highly-qualified leaders and managers in scientific, technical and business areas.

If you are interested in working for CSED, please check out our open vacancies below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Centre For Doctoral Training (CDT) In Data Intensive Science (DIS)

DIS encompasses a wide range of areas in the field of ‘big-data’ including the collection, storage and analysis of large datasets, as well as the use of complex models, algorithms and machine learning techniques to interpret the data. The Centre will primarily carry out research in STFC’s flagship Data Intensive Science projects, in High Energy Physics and Astronomy, which have been at the forefront of DIS research for several decades and provide the ideal training ground for DIS.

Spectroscopy Of Hot Rocky Super-Earths

Thousands of exoplanets  have been discovered in the recent years, most of them are gas giants and hundreds appear to be rocky (silicate-rich). Many of these exoplanets have very short orbital period, hence hot atmospheres. Some of the rocky super-Earths are evaporating with complex atmospheric compositions. These planets have a lot in common with the young Earth; the massive amounts of water in their atmospheres can melt rocks and put their constituents into the atmosphere. Similar processes are expected in the atmospheres of the post-impact planets. 

Molecular Line Lists For Characterising Extrasolar Planets 

The number of extrasolar planets detected is increasing rapidly and attention is turning to determining what they are made of. To do this requires very significant quantities of spectroscopic data which is largely unavailable. A major new project is being launched at UCL to calculate a comprehensive set of molecular line lists that will allow scientists to model the atmospheres of hot exoplanets, brown dwarf and cools stars (see www.exomol.com). One (or possibly two) PhD students are sought to work in a team of about 6 people on this project. Interested students should have a good understanding of quantum mechanics and be interested in computational work. The studentships are available to both UK and EU nationals.

Unveiling The Nature Of Super-Earths With Current And Future Observatories 

Super-Earths, i.e. planets lighter than ten Earth masses, appear to be the most common planets in our galaxy. Being absent in our Solar Systems, their nature is rather mysterious: from their densities we gather there is a large variety of cases, ranging from big rocky planets to small Neptunes or more exotic types. The chemical composition and state of their atmospheres, can be used as a powerful diagnostic of the history, formation mechanisms and evolution of these planets. In the past fifteen years, the UCL exoplanet team led by Prof. Tinetti has worked at the forefront of the spectral/photometric measurements of exoplanet atmospheres and their interpretation, with molecular species being detected in the atmospheres of giant planets and super-Earths (e.g. extremely hot 55 Cnc-e and habitable-zone K2-18b). As part of the PhD, the student will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Prof. Giovanna Tinetti, Dr. Angelos Tsiaras and Dr. Yuichi Ito on a number of aspects connected with the observations and modelling of super-Earths’ atmospheres with current and future observatories (HST, JWST) and dedicated space missions (ARIEL).

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Lectureship in Exoplanetary Science and Protoplanetary Disks

Organisation: UCL, Department of Physics & Astronomy  l  Location: London  l  Deadline: 29 February 2020 Further details and how to apply: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/5136cddb

Description: UCL invites applications for a lectureship in the area of (exo)planetary science, including disks. The lecturer will be part of the Astrophysics group and is expected to have an excellent record of academic research. The lectureship in (exo)planetary science and disks is aimed at strengthening our exploitation of ongoing and upcoming missions (TESS, CHEOPS, JWST, JUICE) which will provide synergy and complementarity to the preparation for the ARIEL mission. The post holder will be expected to be undertaking world-class research in topic(s) within this area. They will be expected to enhance the Group’s consolidated grant portfolio, as well as raise funds from other external sources to provide support for their research, postdoctoral research staff and PhD students. Proven ability to raise funds for one's own research (e.g. through a personal fellowship) would be an advantage. The post-holder would be expected to undertake normal undergraduate teaching duties within the Department, supervise postgraduate students, and contribute to the general life of the Department and University.

Lectureship in Near Universe Astrophysics

Organisation: UCL, Department of Physics & Astronomy  l  Location: London  l  Deadline: 29 February 2020 Further details and how to apply: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/12e756df

Description: UCL invites applications for a lectureship in the area of Near Universe Astrophysics, defined as the astrophysics of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, including supernovae. The lecturer will be part of the Astrophysics group and is expected to have an excellent record of academic research. The lectureship in Near Universe Astrophysics is aimed at strengthening our galactic and/or nearby galaxies research portfolio. The post holder will be expected to be undertaking world-class research in topic(s) within this area. They will be expected to enhance the Group’s consolidated grant portfolio, as well as raise funds from other external sources to provide support for their research, postdoctoral research staff and PhD students. Proven ability to raise funds for one's own research (e.g. through a personal fellowship) would be an advantage. The post-holder would be expected to undertake normal undergraduate teaching duties within the Department, supervise postgraduate students, and contribute to the general life of the Department and University.

Lectureship in Theoretical and/or Observational Astrophysics

Organisation: UCL, Department of Physics & Astronomy  l  Location: London  l  Deadline: 29 February 2020 Further details and how to apply: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/fb6efcfa

Description: UCL invites applications for a lectureship in Theoretical and/or Observational Astrophysics. We particularly encourage applications from those with research interests in the area of Multi-messenger/Transient Astronomy.  The lecturer will be part of the Astrophysics group and is expected to have an excellent record of academic research.  They will be expected to be undertaking world-class research at the forefront of contemporary Astrophysics.  They will be expected to enhance the Group’s consolidated grant portfolio, as well as raise funds from other external sources to provide support for their research, postdoctoral research staff and PhD students.  Proven ability to raise funds for one's own research (e.g. through a personal fellowship) would be an advantage.  The post-holder would be expected to undertake normal undergraduate teaching duties within the Department, supervise postgraduate students, and contribute to the general life of the Department and University.

 

 

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Email: csed@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 01235 567347
Address: UCL Centre for Space Exochemistry Data, Atlas Building, Offices G23, G24 & G25, Fermi Avenue, Harwell Campus, Didcot, OX11 0QR