Postdoctoral researcher in exoplanet observations (SAINT-EX)

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Center for Space and Habitability
City: Bern
Country: Switzerland
Contact Person: Brice-Olivier Demory
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Bern
Application Due Date: Friday, January 10 2020
Web Link:

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position at the Centre for Space and Habitability (CSH, of the University of Bern. 

The successful applicant will work as a member of the SAINT-EX research team led by Prof. Brice-Olivier Demory ( The Postdoctoral researcher will be expected to conduct a competitive research programme in exoplanets and will be coordinating the science operations of the SAINT-EX ground-based observatory. SAINT-EX is a 1-m, fully robotic telescope located in San Pedro Martir (Mexico) that focuses 1) on the search for transiting exoplanets orbiting ultra-cool dwarfs (similar to TRAPPIST-1) and 2) in providing ground-based support to the ESA CHEOPS mission (launch Dec 2019). The successful Postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to be involved in the SPECULOOS collaboration. A high-degree of interaction with the CSH members is also expected.

Candidates with previous expertise in exoplanet observations and/or ground-based telescope operations are strongly encouraged to apply. 

As per the University of Bern’s rules, candidates to this position should have been awarded their PhD after 1 August 2017.

Starting salary is 87’750 CHF, with an initial appointment of 2 years. Child allowance and maternity/paternity leave are offered. The earliest starting date is 1 August 2020. The position comes with a research budget for travel, publication costs and computing resources. 

Applications are invited from all nationalities and should consist of 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a research proposal (3 pages), 4) a summary of past achievements (1 page), 5) a list of publications and 6) the names of 3 references. Materials should be submitted through the web interface at:…

Applications received by 10 January 2020 will receive full consideration.