Job Advertisement: Closing Date 1st April 2011

Post-doctoral Researcher in Extrasolar Planet Atmosphere Studies
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position starting on 
1 July 2011 or soon thereafter, to work on the interpretation of 
atmospheric spectra of extra-solar planets, as part of a joint effort 
between the Astrophysics and AOPP (Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary 
Physics) sub-departments. The project aims to adapt existing spectral 
inversion techniques, developed in the solar system context, to 
extra-solar planets. The focus of this position is to improve the 
spectroscopic line data for key molecules using existing lab facilities, 
to incorporate these into the NEMESIS spectral inversion package, and to 
work with Astrophysics observers to interpret existing and prepare 
future observations of exoplanet atmospheres.

The appointment is for two years, initially based in AOPP, and moving to 
Astrophysics after approximately six months. The candidate will work 
closely with Drs S Aigrain (Astrophysics, observations of transiting 
planets), N Bowles (AOPP, spectroscopy experiments) and P Irwin (AOPP, 
NEMESIS package), but will be encouraged to interact with other faculty 
members working in related areas.

Only applications received before noon on Friday, 1 April 2011 can be 
considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research 
interests, curriculum vitae, and list of publications, and the names and 
addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In 
addition, candidates should arrange for the three letters of reference 
to be sent to [log in to unmask] by the closing date. Applications are 
acknowledged but not referee letters. For further enquiries contact 
Suzanne Aigrain ([log in to unmask]).  For detailed information 
on how to apply please see


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