Professor in Exoplanets

EmployerUniversity of Geneva
Department of Astronomy
Published28 June 2017
Closing Date15 September 2017
WorkplaceGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva is opening a position of Associate or Assistant (tenure track) position at the Department of Astronomy in the domain of climatology and habitability of exoplanets.

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva offers a modern and vibrant scientific environment with world-renown researchers in the domains of stellar physics, exoplanets, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational cosmology and high-energy astrophysics. It is actively involved in most of the major missions of the European Space Agency and several instrumentation projects at the European Southern Observatory.

At the Observatory of the University of Geneva, the Department of Astronomy hosts one of the most fostering environments worldwide for exoplanet research. The Exoplanet Team is part of PlanetS, a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research in planetary science (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, which includes —130 scientists from the Universities of Geneva, Bern, Zurich, and the Lausanne and Zurich Institutes of Technology. Nearly 60 people contribute to the local Exoplanet Team (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, currently including 8 faculty members, 11 postdoctoral researchers, 19 PhD students, and 17 project staff members. Research topics include exoplanet detection, exoplanet characterization (atmospheres, internal structure), planetary system dynamics, and instrumentation. Team members are directly involved in many projects, including photometric instruments (CHEOPS, TESS, PLATO, NGTS), high-resolution spectrographs (HARPS, HARPS-North, NIRPS, ESPRESSO, E-ELT HiReS) and a direct-imaging planet finder (SPHERE at the VLT). The successful applicant will be able to take advantage of this unique collaborative framework.


The full-time appointment involves lectureship in the domain of exoplanets (6 hrs/week), and supervision of bachelor, master, and PhD theses. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a course on planetary atmospheres and climate.
The successful candidate will be able to develop their own research group and will lead the local research activities in the field of climate sciences applied to planets and exoplanets, based on a strong theoretical expertise and in connection with state-of-the-art observations. The candidate is also expected to play a leading role in characterizing the habitability of exoplanetary systems.


The Department of Astronomy is strongly committed to hire an excellent team player, who is expected to develop fruitful collaborations with faculty members of the local team (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, as well as collaborations between the Department of Astronomy and the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, the Swiss institutions in PlanetS, and external partners.

  • PhD or equivalent. Experience in research supervision and teaching.
  • Publications in high-ranked international journals.
The University of Geneva is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its workplace. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.


Applications shall include:
- a cover letter,
- a detailed CV together with a list of publications,
- a copy of highest degrees/diploma,
- a research and teaching statement,
- a list of 3 referees who can be contacted directly by the search committee.

Recommendation letters are not requested at this stage.

Applications shall be submitted exclusively on-line by clicking on the following box: Apply now before September 15th, 2017 (0:00 Geneva time).

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