Post-doctoral Researcher in Astronomical Instrumentation

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Post-doctoral Researcher in Astronomical Instrumentation

Our Research Group for Exoplanets and Habitability at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics develops infrared instruments for the world’s largest telescopes, both on ground and in space.

Project background

In the context of our LIFE initiative (see ), our research group will develop over the next years a cryogenic testbed to demonstrate the nulling performance of a mid-infrared space interferometer dedicated to detect earth-like exoplanets. In a later phase, this facility shall also provide the test environment for the technology development of components needed for such a mission. For this ambitious experiment, we invite applications for a new post-doctoral position to join our Laboratory for Astronomical Instrumentation to work on the design and implementation of this project.

Job description

The candidate is expected to work 60% of the time to support the development of the cryogenic nulling test facility, including the definition of a conceptual and preliminary design, the definition of the facility requirements as well as the supervision of students to develop preparatory experiments in the ambient and cryogenic environment. 10% of the candidate’s time (averaged over the year) will be devoted to supporting the teaching activities in our group, and the remaining 30% can be devoted to personal research, ideally synergistic with science carried out by other group members. Our group is involved in the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) ”PlanetS” Project, an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research program focused on the origin, evolution, and characterization of planets inside and outside the Solar System ( ). Furthermore, our group is actively involved in instrumentation activities for the Very Large Telescope, the future Extremely Large Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Your profile

We are looking for a postdoc with a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or Optical Engineering with experience and interests in some of the following fields: Astronomical instrumentation in the infrared, interferometry, optical design and setups, cryogenic instruments, and/or adaptive optical systems.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: Curriculum vitae, publication list and motivation letter (combined length not to exceed 6 pages) and copy of university degree(s) (all combined in a single .pdf file). This file, as well as contact information for three potential referees, shall be submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.?

For further information about the research group or project, please visit our group webpage through https://quanz-?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Adrian Glauser by email glauser [at] phys[.]ethz[.]ch (no applications).?


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47171.

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