Postdoc in Exoplanetary Atmospheres

DTU Space
torsdag 23 nov 17

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Frist 15. januar 2018
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DTU Space (the national Danish space institute at the Technical University of Denmark) is offering a postdoctoral position in the area of exoplanetary atmospheres. The successful applicant will join a newly established exoplanet research group lead by Prof. Lars A. Buchhave, and work on planning, analysis, modelling and interpretation of observational data of exoplanetary atmospheres. Recently, DTU has made a significant investment to place Denmark at the forefront of exoplanet atmospheric research.
Our research group focuses on understanding and characterizing exoplanets with emphasis on the abundant small planets through two key areas of research: 1) precise mass measurements of small (often transiting) planets to understand their composition and structure and 2) observation and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres to advance our insight into their diversity and composition.
Responsibilities and tasks
The new postdoc is expected to develop cutting edge methods to characterize planetary atmospheres, combining theoretical models with observations from current and future observational facilities. The exoplanet research group at DTU Space is involved in a number of international projects, instruments and missions including TESS, PLATO, EXPRES, HARPS-N, ELT, NOT and LUVOIR. The successful applicant will have access to data from a variety of facilities including the HST PanCET program and a large TESS follow-up program on the NOT and will be expected to use the ESO facilities, HST and JWST.
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment. Applicants with previous experience in data reduction, analysis and/or modelling of spectroscopic data of planetary atmospheres are encouraged to apply. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU Space, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility.
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.The postdoctoral position is held for 2 years at the Technical University of Denmark.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Lars Buchhave, email:; t+45 28 91 05 85.
Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 15 January 2018
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications 
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Space
The Institute has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 140 MDKK (~$22M) and it is located in the greater Copenhagen area at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover exoplanets, large-scale structure of the universe, physics of compact objects, space weather, upper atmosphere physics, and cosmo-climatology as well as development of instrumentation, in particular high-energy instrumentation, i.e. X- and gamma ray detectors and -optics.  The division is currently active in operation of instruments on and data analysis from three satellites. The division also runs four instrumentation laboratories and hosts a center for space weather research and forecasts.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.