Postdoc (F/M/X) Cloud Droplets and Redox Pair in the Venusian Atmosphere

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Space Research Institute
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Job Description

The Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading nonuniversity
research and science institution, is offering 

Cloud Droplets and Redox Pairs in the Venusian Atmosphere
(full-time, 40h per week)

The successful candidate will be appointed in the FWF Austrian-Czech project “Redox Disequilibrium in the
Clouds of Venus - A Sign of Life?” and will join the research groups led by Dr. Peter Woitke and Doz.Dr.
Helmut Lammer at the Space Research Institute (IWF) in Graz. This project will investigate whether Redox
Disequilibrium Pairs (RDPs - H2S, NH3 and PH3 in combination with O2 have been detected in the Venus
atmosphere) can be produced by photo-processes on the surfaces of acidic cloud particles, as novel
experiments by our Czech project partners around Dr. Martin Ferus (Institute of Physical Chemistry in
Prague) suggest.

Your profile
• The applicant must hold a PhD in Geosciences or Astrophysics.
• The successful candidate is expected to bring know-how and hands-on experience with
computational petrology and/or aqueous chemistry.
• Previous experience with chemical modelling of planetary atmospheres.
• Experience with compiled computer languages, including non-python.
Your Tasks
• Collect thermo-chemical data and implement aqueous chemistry into the chemical and phase
equilibrium code GGchem (Woitke et al. 2018, A&A 614, A1).
• Work with the ARGO code on the Venusian atmosphere (Rimmer et al. 2021, PSJ 2, 133), to include
cloud formation and surface chemical processes on cloud particles.
• Collaborate with our Czech and UK colleagues via team meetings and working visits.
• Connect our work to the ESA EnVision Space mission.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. The appointment is planned to start in October/November 1st,
We offer an annual gross salary of € 66.501,40 according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy
of Sciences (OeAW).
A valid application must include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a publication list, (3) a research plan - max 2 pages,
(4) academic certificates, and (5) names of three referees who agreed on send letters of recommendation.
The closing date of applications is April 15th, 2024. For inquiries, contact Dr. Peter Woitke
([email protected]).

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal
opportunities, as well as diversity. Individuals from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 15
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 15
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Peter Woitke