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Post-doctoral position – Exoplanet characterization with future instruments

The Star and Planet Formation Research Group at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH Zurich invites applications for a new post-doctoral fellowship to work with Dr. Sascha Quanz on the characterization of (small) extra-solar planets. We are looking for a postdoc with expertise in atmospheres / atmospheric retrieval techniques and/or habitability research to help us assess and maximize the exoplanet characterization potential of future ground- and space-based instruments (e.g., ELT/METIS, ELT/HiRES, LIFE). The position is part of the NCCR “PlanetS”  and close collaborations with other groups in Geneva and Bern are foreseen. Salary and duration of the appointment will be commensurate with experience. Starting salary begins at around CHF ∼85’000, with an initial appointment of 2+1 years (year 3 depending on performance and available funding). Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with students at all levels. Switzerland is a member of ESO and ESA, and the successful applicants will have full access to their facilities. Our Institute maintains access to a range of high performance computing options, including stand-alone machines, large clusters, and the resources of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS).

Applications should consist of a CV and brief descriptions of past/proposed research (combined length not to exceed 6 pages). A separate publication list should be attached. Materials should be sent electronically in a single pdf file. This file, as well as contact information for three potential referees, should be sent to For questions please contact Dr. Sascha Quanz ( Review of applications will begin mid April, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The start date is preferably some time mid 2019, but later dates can be negotiated.

The ETH Zurich will provide benefits for maternity leave, retirement, and accident insurance (

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