Exoplanet Research Opportunities at Oxford

We are pleased to announce the following opportunities for pursuing research on exoplanets at the University of Oxford.  Research opportunities are available in a broad range of topics, including detection and characterization, planetary formation, planetary geology and atmospheric modeling. The planetary research environment at Oxford benefits greatly from strong collaborations with the Department of Earth Science, which is the home of leading-edge research programs in planetary geology and geochemistry, and volatile cycling between atmospheres and planetary interiors.

Graduate Study. DPhil (= PhD) program:

*Two graduate studentships are available on the ERC Advance Grant project EXOCONDENSE (see www.physics.ox.ac.uk/exocondense <http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/exocondense>), for work under the supervision of R. Pierrehumbert

*Two additional graduate studentships are available for work in Pierrehumbert’s group on any topic related to exoplanet climate and evolution, including atmospheric excape and volatile exchange with planetary crusts and interiors.

Prospective students may apply for these positions through the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) graduate admissions site:

A number of additional studentships for work on planetary physics with other AOPP faculty are listed there. Additional opportunities for graduate study and research are available through the Astrophyics program, which collaborates closely with AOPP:

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships:

*A 4 year Bernoulli Fellowship, consisting of two years at Oxford and two years at Bern. Open to any area of exoplanet research, including but not limited to processes relating to formation and evolution of exoplanets and their atmospheres, detection and characterization of atmospheres, exoplanet climate dynamics, atmospheric evolution via escape to space, and exchange of volatiles between planetary interiors and atmospheres.

For more information on the Bernoulli Fellowship, and to submit an application, see: www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4 <http://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4>. jobspec?p_id=129872 To apply for the post, candidates should submit the application materials through the Oxford listing, and also send a brief statement of intent to apply for the Bern/Oxford Bernoulli Fellowship to Prof. Kevin Heng at the University of Bern (kevin.heng@csh.unibe.ch <mailto:kevin.heng@csh.unibe.ch>)

*A 4 year postdoctoral position on the ERC Advance Grant project EXOCONDENSE, aimed at developing theories and simulation relating to the effect of condensible substances on exoplanet atmospheres, their structure, and their general circulation.  Developing an understanding of generalized condensible convection is a key goal of the project. Further details can be found at www.physics.ox.ac.uk/exocondense <http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/exocondense> .  Two additional postdocs on this project will be opened for application in early 2018.

For more information on the ERC EXOCONDENSE postdoc, and to submit an application, see:
www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=130192 <http://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=130192>