Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exoplanets at DTU Space

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The Exoplanet Group at DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark, situated in the greater Copenhagen area, invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of exoplanets.

The Exoplanet Group at DTU Space focuses on detecting and characterizing exoplanets with a particular focus on terrestrial planets through two key areas of research:

  1. radial velocity mass measurements using ultra-precise RV spectrographs, including detecting true Earth analogs orbiting the brightest solar-like stars in the southern hemisphere with the Second Earth Initiative Spectrograph (2ES, first light 2024-25) and
  2. observation, characterization, and modelling of exoplanetary atmospheres.

Our group has a particular interest in studies of terrestrial and sub-Neptune exoplanets, but candidates with strong research proposals in broader exoplanet areas are also encouraged to apply. The overall aim of our research is to advance our insight into the diversity and composition of the abundant small planets and pave the way for assessment of their habitability and eventually for biosignature searches. The successful candidates will work with Prof. Lars A. Buchhave and Senior Researcher João Mendonça in the rapidly growing exoplanet group, which is currently composed of five members. Additional information about the Exoplanet Group at DTU Space can be found at http://www.exoplanets.dk.

Responsibilities and qualifications

The successful candidates should have previous research experience in the field of exoplanets. The positions involve a high degree of freedom to work on projects that the applicants find interesting within the research areas of the exoplanet group and contribute to the ongoing research in the group. We are particularly interested in applicants with previous experience in radial velocity mass determination or exoplanetary atmospheres, but this is not a requirement. A description of previous results and a research proposal for future research should be included in the application. As an ESO member we have access to ESO facilities, like the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and we are part of the Nordic Optical Telescope. Professor Buchhave is PI on the Second Earth Spectrograph, co-PI on the upcoming ESA Ariel Mission, co-I on the HARPS-N spectrograph, and our group uses data from a variety of facilities like JWST, HST, and TESS. Additionally, a number of opportunities are offered in Denmark for young career scientists to apply for additional funding to start independent research groups.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) by the start of the appointment.

The full description of the fellowships can be found here:
https://efzu.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/da/job/1017