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2yr postdoc at Padova to analyse CHEOPS data

The Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Padova offers a postdoc position (two years, renewable) on “Analysis of data from CHaracterizing ExOplanet satellite (CHEOPS) mission”. Deadline for applications Feb. 11, 2021.

Context: CHEOPS is a European Space Agency satellite for exoplanet characterisation from high precision photometry. CHEOPS was launched on 12/2019, and is now fully operating with performances better than specifications (Benz et al. 2020). Researchers of the exoplanet group in Padova are members of the CHEOPS Science Team and responsible of scientific programs for multiple observations of transits planned to identify Transit Time Variations, for mass measurement and discovery of new exoplanets. They are also involved in all other CHEOPS GTO science programs.

The post-doc will be inserted into the Europe-wide CHEOPS collaboration and will have the opportunity to contribute to the numerous CHEOPS scientific projects. The postdoc is expected to work on the CHEOPS light curves and additional data (from TESS and ground-based facilities) for the derivation of the exoplanet parameters.

Location: Padova offers a vibrant and scientifically stimulating environment, with more than 90 staff astronomers, working on many branches of modern astrophysics research. The University attracts students worldwide and the postdoc will have opportunities to supervise master and postdoc thesis.

The exoplanet group in Padova includes researchers at the Physics and Astronomy Department and at the Astronomical Observatory of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), involved in exoplanet research from space (CHEOPS, JWST, PLATO, ARIEL) and ground-based (SPHERE, SHARK, HARPS, ESPRESSO).

The University of Padova is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Require­ments: The applicant shall have a PhD in Astrophysics or related fields. Applicants with expertise in high precision photometry from ground and space, and light curve analysis and modeling are encouraged to apply.

Duration: 2 years (renewable).

Application: please follow instructions at

Full call at: (in english in the second part)

Application deadline: February 11, 2021,14:00 CET

Starting: Spring 2021, flexible

Mon 18 Jan 2021, 12:19 | Tags: Job Opportunity, Padova, PLATO, CHEOPS, Italy

Engineer Position at LESIA - Observatoire de Paris

LESIA is responsible for the study and specification of on-ground data processing algorithms to derive light curves from PLATO observations. At this stage of the project, the main components of the on-ground data processing chains are identified, but the corresponding algorithms have to be studied in detail, evaluations of the expected performance have to be made, and the algorithms need to be translated into documentation that will be used to develop the data processing pipeline itself.

The successful candidate will join a team made up of several LESIA researchers and engineers involved in the PLATO space mission, and will benefit from the expertise of a team of researchers and engineers from different European countries (France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom) with solid experience in space missions CoRoT, Kepler and GAIA.

The position is initially for one year and is renewable for an additional year. The position is open at the earliest from 1st November 2020. The salary level corresponds to the CNRS IR (Ingenieur de Recherche) fixed-term contract salary scale and depends on the level of the diploma and experience. The successful candidate would work at the LESIA-Observatoire de Paris, at the Meudon site (92, Haut de Seine, France).

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Tue 11 Aug 2020, 16:20 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, PDC, Job Opportunity, DPA-WG, data processing, PLATO, software, developer

Multiple research positions in stellar, exoplanet, and data science at MPS

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Goettingen, Germany, invites applications for several research positions in stellar physics and exoplanet science in preparation for the PLATO mission. The positions are available in the Solar and Stellar Interiors Department starting as soon as September 2020 for a period of two years, with the possibility of an extension. The start date is negotiable. In case of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis, remote work may be possible at the beginning of the employment period.

Applications will be reviewed starting 24 August 2020 until the positions are filled.

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