Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Physics
City: Helsinki
Country: Finland
Contact Person: Mikael Granvik
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Helsinki
Application Due Date: Friday, November 30 2018
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The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to join the Planetary System Research Group. The successful candidate is expected to carry out research within the framework of a project entitled “Population-level constraints on asteroid interior structure and composition”, funded by the Academy of Finland (PI: Mikael Granvik).

The aims of the project are to i) understand the mechanism leading to the destruction of near-Earth objects (NEOs) close to the Sun, ii) develop a state-of-the-art model of the near-Earth-object (NEO) population that accounts for the thermal and tidal disruption of NEOs, and iii) enable and prepare for solar system science with the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission, currently planned to be launched in 2021.

Applicants should have a PhD in planetary science or a closely related field, and, preferably, experience with numerical modeling of asteroid orbital evolution and/or disruption of asteroids or asteroid constituents. In addition, good programming and data analysis skills and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team are considered highly advantageous.

The project includes collaboration with researchers in the United States, France, Sweden, and Canada, and provides ample funding for travel. The successful applicant will have access to the Finnish national supercomputing centre, enjoy a stimulating and international work environment, and is encouraged to develop a unique research profile within the framework set by the research project. The successful applicant will also assist in supervising a PhD student.

The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, extendable by one year based on satisfactory performance (2+1). The expected starting date is September 2019, but earlier dates are also possible. Applications should include a CV, publication list, and a statement (max. 3 pages) of research interests. This should include a summary of past research achievements and a statement of future plans. Electronic submission in pdf format to the email address provided is strongly preferred. The applicant should also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent by the application deadline. Prior informal enquiries via email are most welcome.