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PhD fellow in Exoplanets Niels Bohr Institute Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in exoplanets. The start date is flexible but the position should commence around 1 August, 2017.

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD candidate will join the research group of Lars A. Buchhave at Centre for Star and Planet Formation and the Niels Bohr Institute. The group focuses on understanding and characterizing exoplanets with a particular emphasis on the abundant small planets through two key areas of research: 1) precise mass measurements of small (often transiting) planets to understand their composition and structure and 2) observation and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres to advance our insight into their diversity and composition.


Project description

Progress in these two areas will be enabled by two recent large allocations of prime observing time. The successful candidate will work on data from either: 1) a 200-night RV follow-up program (2018-2020) to measure masses of TESS exoplanet candidates at with the RV precision upgraded Nordic Optical Telescope in collaboration with the NASA TESS mission and MIT as well as involvement in the ultra-precise next-generation EXPRES spectrograph being commissioned by Yale University at the 4.3 m DCT telescope. Or 2) working with data from a recently allocated large HST program (498 orbits; the Panchromatic Comparative Exoplanetary Treasury Program) to conduct the first large-scale, simultaneous UVOIR comparative study of exoplanet atmospheres. The work will be carried out in collaboration with other members of the group and international partners. Previous experience in the mentioned areas of research and programming skills will be seen as a plus for the application.


Principal supervisor is Dr. Lars Astrup Buchhave, Niels Bohr Institute, buchhave@nbi.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 3532 3291.


Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department


Formal requirements Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics/Astronomy with good results and good English skills, but in certain cases where study programs are not fully compatible (e.g. students from the US), this requirement can be waived on a case-per-case basis. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.


Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.


Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.



Please include

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees


The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


The deadline for applications is 15 April, 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.



For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, Dr. Lars Astrup Buchhave, Niels Bohr Institute, buchhave@nbi.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 3532 3291.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Lars Astrup Buchhave


Ansøgningsfrist: 15-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-08-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Niels Bohr Institute

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