"Composition of exoplanetary atmospheres: modelling and observations"
IAA-CSIC offers a postdoctoral contract in the framework of the Project “Severo Ochoa” which comprises a strategic research line devoted to study the physico-chemical conditions that determine the neutral and ionospheric composition of exoplanetary atmospheres. This topic also encompasses radiative transfer calculations to obtain synthetic spectra for planning observations or to retrieve information from archival data. Candidates are expected to carry out their activity in both of the research lines stated above.
Tasks are the following ones:
1. To apply (and improve) available thermochemical and photochemical models written in C++ and Python.
2. To apply radiative transfer codes which are free to the scientific community to reproduce the available spectroscopic observations (HST, Spitzer, etc.) such that some unknowns (as atmospheric C/O, turbulent transport, a cloud layer, etc.) are revealed.
3. Making use of the developed models, to plan, request and analyse observations either with ground- or space-based facilities.
Period (months) :12 months
We require a Doctor, preferably on Physical Sciences, with knowledge and expertise on studying (exo)planetary atmospheres mainly from the theoretical viewpoint in the field of atmospheric composition.
- Ability for developing/applying atmospheric models in which physical and chemical processes are included.
- Ability for carrying out independent research researching, yet in synergy with a research team.
- Initiative to open research lines where theoretical and observational work are intertwined.
Expertise on scientific programming (Python, IDL, Fortran, C++...) and fluent in English are essential.