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Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the ISSI


Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years primarily to work on a Horizon 2020 project, MiARD, the Multi Instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data. The post will involve two main strands, namely:

  1. Assessment of the potential dangers to interplanetary spacecraft from cometary dust through the use of existing models such as ESA’s “Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment Model” (IMEM) by the updating of such models with new information derived from Rosetta data.
  2. Study of the development of gas and dust activity triggered by different volatiles when comet 67P was approaching the Sun through the analysis and interpretation of data from various Rosetta instruments.

These activities will involve working with collaborators at partner institutes in Switzerland, France and Germany and with staff at ISSI. The successful candidate will ideally have experience of relevant aspects of cometary science with most likely a background in planetary science, physics, chemistry or related subjects. A small amount of time will also be available for the candidate’s personal research. Involvement in ISSI’s programme of activities would also be possible (details at www.issibern.ch). This position is available for an immediate start. Salary and conditions of employment will be similar to those provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The application should include a motivation letter, the curriculum vitae, the list of publications and the names, addresses and means of contact of three references, not exceeding 7 pages in total. It shall be addressed to ISSI, attn. Professor John Zarnecki, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; email: john.zarnecki@open.ac.uk and John.Zarnecki@issibern.ch with copy to: Professor Rafael Rodrigo; email: r.rodrigo@issibern.ch

Submissions by email are preferred provided all the documents are in the form of a single PDF file.

All applications must be received by ISSI no later than January 31st, 2017.
For informal discussion and further details, please contact:
Professor John Zarnecki (J.C.Zarnecki@open.ac.uk) or
Professor Rafael Rodrigo (r.rodrigo@issibern.ch)

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