Postdoc Position (Astrochemistry) - (Tokyo) - 31 Dec 2021

One postdoctoral position is available in the group of Yuri Aikawa at Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo in Japan. The group focuses on physical and chemical processes in the star/planet formation. A successful candidate is expected to carry out numerical simulations of physical and chemical processes in interstellar clouds, star-forming cores, and protoplanetary disks in collaboration with the grant group described in the attached file. The candidates must have fundamental knowledge on star/planet formation and/or astrochemistry. The candidates with research experience in chemical reaction network models, Monte-Carlo simulations of grain-surface reactions, radiation hydrodynamics, radiation transfer calculations for synthetic observations are particularly welcome. The candidate should have finished his/her doctoral thesis before taking up the position. Japanese language skill is not required. The position is initially for one year with the annual extension depending on performance, up until March 31, 2025. The position is open from January 2022, but the exact starting date is flexible. Details about the position, required documents, and contact information can be found in the following page.

Two postdoctoral research fellows in i) Computational Astrochemistry and ii) in the Climates of Exoplanets - (Leeds) - 3 Jan 2022

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds invites applications for two postdoctoral research fellows (three years fixed term) in i) Computational Astrochemistry and ii) in the Climates of Exoplanets, working on an UKRI-funded project with Dr Catherine Walsh. i) Computational Astrochemistry: You will investigate the role of stellar radiation on the chemistry of ices in the planet- and comet-building regions around young stars. You will exploit molecular modelling to study how radiation affects the stability and chemistry of complex organic molecules in the ice phase. You will have a PhD (or will have submitted the thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in astrophysics, astrochemistry, or physical chemistry, experience in molecular modelling techniques, and a developing track record of peer reviewed publications in international journals. For more information: ii) Climates of Exoplanets: You will investigate the role of impacts from volatile-rich small bodies on the chemistry and climate of terrestrial exoplanets. You will simulate the structure and composition of the atmospheres of rocky planets and will produce simulated observations to make predictions with future facilities. You will have a PhD (or will have submitted the thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in astronomy, astrophysics, or atmospheric science, experience in the simulation of planetary atmospheres, and a developing track record of peer reviewed publications in international journals. For more information: The application deadline is Monday the 3rd of January 2022 and the application must be submitted online. The starting date will be by arrangement. For more information on the application process and other details such as salary, please follow the provided URLs. For more information on the project, please contact Dr Catherine Walsh (

Postdoctoral Position in Protoplanetary Disks, Planet Formation, Machine Learning - (Gainsville) - 15 Jan 2022

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applicants for a post-doctoral associate who will work with Dr. Jaehan Bae on young stars, young planets, protoplanetary disks, or planet formation, starting in Fall 2022. Candidates are welcome to suggest their own research projects on either theory or observation. Experience in (magneto-)hydrodynamic simulations, radiative transfer calculations, chemical modeling, machine learning and/or radio and millimeter data reduction/analysis is preferred. For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a one-page cover letter, (2) a research statement (free format, no page limit), (3) a CV including a list of publications, (4) and the names and email address for three references must be provided on the application. The system will request confidential letters of recommendation from the references. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications received after January 15, 2022 may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. For additional information, you may address your specific questions to Dr. Jaehan Bae (

Post-doctoral in Protoplanetary Discs and Planet Formation - (Leicester) - 26 Jan 2022

The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate in Astrophysics. This position is funded by STFC through a project led by Prof Richard Alexander and Dr Giovanni Rosotti, for a period of three years. The project will use theoretical and numerical models to investigate the evolution of forming exoplanet systems, looking in particular at the dynamics of planets, dust, and gas in the outer regions of protoplanetary discs. The successful applicant will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to work with external collaborators (including through the EU-funded “Dustbusters” network). You will also be able to collaborate more widely within our Astrophysics Group, whose research programme spans a wide range of topics, including star and planet formation, exoplanet detection and characterisation, AGN physics, accretion discs, gamma-ray bursts, and galactic dynamics. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in protoplanetary discs, planet formation and migration, or numerical hydrodynamics, but all applicants with a strong background in relevant areas of theoretical or observational astrophysics are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics (or a closely-related subject), or expect to be awarded a PhD before taking up the position. The position is available from April 2022, but the starting date is flexible. The starting salary is £35,326. The successful applicant will have access to expenses for computing equipment and travel, as well as extensive access to local and national high-performance computing facilities. Applications should be submitted electronically via: Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Richard Alexander ( The deadline for applications is January 26th 2022.

PhD position on accretion in YSOs - (Tübingen) - 31 Jan 2022

The Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics of the University of Tübingen (Germany) has an opening for a PhD position in star formation. The successful candidate will work on accretion variability of Young Stellar Objects. The project is based on optical spectroscopy and photometry of pre-main sequence stars. The aim is to determine stellar and accretion properties of YSOs from time-series data and constrain their variability on days, months, years and secular time-scales. The PhD position is part of YTTHACA (Young Stellar Objects at Tübingen, Tautenburg, Hamburg & ESO – A Coordinated Analysis), a national german collaboration that is embedded in the framework of the international ULLYSES and PENELLOPE projects (see here for details). Locally the project is part of the research group Space Based Astrophysics of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen led by JProf. B. Stelzer which has its focus on multi-wavelength observations of the formation and evolution of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. The applicant must have a master or equivalent degree in physics or astrophysics. Expertise with photometric and/or spectroscopic data analysis, and a background in star formation studies are useful. The position will be funded for a duration of 3 years. Salary will be according to 75% E13 of the TV-L of the German public services. The application is expected to consist of a CV (including personal data, formation, skills and expertises), copies of university degrees and a brief (1-2 page) statement of previous research experiences and motivation. The candidate should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. B. Stelzer. The deadline for applications is Jan 31, 2022 with a starting date as soon as possible. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is committed to increasing the percentage of women in research. In case of equal qualification preference will be given to applicants with disabilities. Employment takes place via the Central Administration of the University. Contact for application and further information: Beate Stelzer (

Opportunities for Assistant Researchers in the Planetary and Space Sciences related to Astrobiology - (Manoa) - 15 Mar 2022

The School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology and the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have embarked on a NASA- and NSF-supported mission to understand the factors that govern the behavior of the light elements critical to habitability and life during planet formation, and the potential diversity of outcomes -- including Earth-like worlds -- around other stars. We are recruiting outstanding postdoctoral researchers to join our team of astronomers, cosmochemists, planetary scientists, and geophysicists in this pursuit. We are especially interested in talking to prospective candidates in these areas: High-pressure mineral physics: experimental approaches to understand the behavior of light elements in the interiors of rocky planets during their accretion and early evolution, control by conditions at formation, and the effect on planetary outcomes. Cosmochemistry and meteoritics: investigation of meteorites and laboratory samples to understand the distribution, behavior, and transformation of key volatile elements in the primordial nebula and building blocks of the inner Solar System, especially Earth. Protoplanetary disks and planet formation: investigations of the inner planet-forming regions of disks related to disk chemistry, the distribution of biogenic elements, and the abundance of short-lived radionuclides using ground- and space-based observations. Exoplanet astronomy, confirmation and characterization of transiting planets, and studies of their host stars, including young planetary systems, to understand the composition, origins, evolution, and escape of their atmospheres. Benefits include a competitive salary with full benefits, interaction with a team of experts in diverse fields of astronomy, planetary science, and Earth science, and access to all astronomical facilities on Maunakea and cutting-edge laboratory instruments for isotopic, chemical, and mineralogical investigation of planetary materials. Successful applications will become part of a multi-institutional, Interdisciplinary Consortium for Astrobiology Research. They will be granted PI status, have the ability to write grant proposals, and will receive structured mentoring on proposal writing, research organization, student supervision and instruction, and other aspects of research and teaching. They will also have the opportunity to participate in public engagement, education, and outreach events. Qualifications: Applications must have received a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics, or planetary or Earth sciences. Appointments are initially for one year, with an additional two years based on satisfactory performance. Additional years are possible depending on availability of funding. Start date: negotiable, but before the end of 2022. For all inquiries and application information, contact Eric Gaidos at