Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Discovery with the PLATO Mission at University of Oxford

The Department of Physics at University of Oxford invites applications for a PDRA to work with prof S. Aigrain on the preparation of the ESA’s PLATO mission, focusing mainly on the impact of instrumental systematics and stellar variability on the detection and characterisation of transiting exoplanets. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension for a further year.

Job Reference: 162317
Application deadline: 20 February 2023
Starting date:
Where: University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration of the contract: 2 years, with the possibility of extension for a further year
Salary: £34,308 – £42,155 per annum (Grade 7)

Job Tasks 

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Suzanne Aigrain, her research group, and collaborators at other PLATO Mission Consortium (PMC) institutes, contributing to both the PSM (PMC Science Management) and the PDC (PMC Data Processing) efforts.

They will help define, test and implement algorithms to correct instrumental systematics, detrend individual light curves and search for transits. They will also have the opportunity to work with other members of Prof Aigrain’s group on the discovery and characterisation of exoplanets with current facilities.

The post-holder will also have the opportunity to teach and supervise undergraduate research projects.

Further specific tasks are listed in the job announcement.

Profile’s requirements 

Applicants should possess or be close to obtaining a doctorate in Astrophysics or a related field and ideally a background in exoplanet or stellar observations.

Previous experience in the field of transiting exoplanet discovery and characterisation will be an advantage, as will participation in large, collaborative software development projects.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent coding abilities, communication skills, and the ability to work well in a team.

How to apply 

Applications shall be submitted no later than midday 20 February 2023 as reported in the job announcement page.

Please read the detailed instructions or contact the reference people indicated in the job offer.