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Space Research and Planetary Sciences
PhD student position in Space Research
Bern
Schweiz / Bern
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Background
The project is dedicated to the investigation of comets by sensitive in situ mass spectrometry. Comets belong to the most pristine objects in our Solar System. Measuring the volatiles emanating from these objects, including a host of prebiotic molecules and their isotopes, hold important clues about the conditions during the time of formation and the early days of our Solar System.

About us

The Space Research and Planetology Division of the University of Bern is seeking candidates for a PhD in physics to work on a novel neutral gas mass spectrometer. The position, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), is nominally for 3 years with a possible 1 year extension.

PhD student position in Space Research
Physics Institute, University of Bern
Responsibilities

Background
The project is dedicated to the investigation of comets by sensitive in situ mass spectrometry. Comets belong to the most pristine objects in our Solar System. Measuring the volatiles emanating from these objects, including a host of prebiotic molecules and their isotopes, hold important clues about the conditions during the time of formation and the early days of our Solar System.

Requirements

Responsibilities
The PhD curriculum contains both theoretical and lab work including the study of comets and spacecraft instrumentation. The project focuses on the development of a next generation time-of-flight mass spectrometer for possible future space missions to comets and other bodies in our Solar System. The work includes optimization of the ion-optical design, ion source, detector, and characterization of the prototype instrument. Reference and calibration measurements will be carried out in our laboratory.

The PhD candidate will be part of a diverse team and have the opportunity to present the work at various international conferences.

Further information
The Space Research and Planetology Division of the University of Bern is the leading planetary sciences institute in Switzerland (http://space.unibe.ch) and participates in a large number of European Space Agency and NASA missions. The Division has a long standing tradition in space research starting from the solar wind sail placed on the Moon during the Apollo program, recent missions such as Rosetta to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, to future projects including ESA’s JUICE mission to the Jovian moons.

Further information

The salary will be determined according to SNSF regulations. The Canton offers 23 days holiday per year. Public holidays (e.g. Christmas, New Year, Easter, 1 August, etc.) come in addition. The Division is actively seeking to increase the numbers of women in physics and hence women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bern is the capital of Switzerland with a population of approximately 140,000. Bern is famous for its medieval city center and offers a wide variety of recreational activities.

Requirements and applications
The position requires a Master of Science degree in physics or a closely related field in engineering. Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including professional experience), a one page motivation letter, the contact details of two reference persons, and the grades obtained at the Master level to Dr. Martin Rubin. 

Contact
Space Research and Planetary Sciences, Herr Martin Rubin, PD Dr., Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern Telefon: +41 31 631 3474, martin.rubin@space.unibe.ch, www.space.unibe.ch
Space Research and Planetary Sciences, Herr Martin Rubin, PD Dr., Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern
Telefon: +41 31 631 3474, martin.rubin@space.unibe.ch, www.space.unibe.ch
Kontakt:
Herr Martin Rubin, PD Dr.

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+41 31 631 34 74
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