Postdoctoral fellow in transiting exoplanets with NGTS and TESS

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Warwick
Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, Department of Physics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

United Kingdom

Job Description

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick, UK, seeks to appoint a Research Fellow working on exoplanet detection and characterisation using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The NGTS facility is an array of twelve telescopes situated at the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile (the site of the Very Large Telescope, VLT). The NGTS telescopes are optimised for exoplanet transit observations, matching the photometric precision of TESS.  Our focus is the discovery of long-period transiting exoplanets identified as single-transit events with TESS. 

The successful applicant will be based at Warwick and will be responsible for scheduling observations and operating the NGTS facility, as well as planning and carrying out maintenance of the telescope array and associated software. You will also carry out research on NGTS and TESS data with the goal of discovering new long-period transiting exoplanets.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of the wider NGTS team. You will also possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively. 

To apply please complete the application online, including your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter. Please ensure your CV includes your most recent employment experience along with any additional relevant experience and education history. Your cover letter should detail how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for this post (detailed in the job description section of the online application portal). 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$43,000USD to $56,000USD
Included Benefits

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Mar 26
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 29
Reference Code


Prof. Peter Wheatley