Postdoctoral in planetary science, physics, chemistry 1486 views

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years primarily to work on a Horizon 2020 project, MiARD, the Multi Instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data.

The post will involve two main strands, namely:

  • Assessment of the potential dangers to interplanetary spacecraft from cometary dust through the use of existing models such as ESA’s “Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment Model” (IMEM) by the updating of such models with new information derived from Rosetta data.
  • Study of the development of gas and dust activity triggered by different volatiles when comet 67P was approaching the Sun through the analysis and interpretation of data from various Rosetta instruments. These activities will involve working with collaborators at partner institutes in Switzerland, France and Germany and with staff at ISSI.

The successful applicant will ideally have experience of relevant aspects of cometary science with most likely a background in planetary science, physics, chemistry or related subjects (details at This position is available for an immediate start. Salary and conditions of employment will be similar to those provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

How to apply:

The application should include a motivation letter, the curriculum vitae, the list of publications and the names, addresses and means of contact of three references, not exceeding 7 pages in total.

It shall be addressed to ISSI, attn. Professor John Zarnecki, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; email: and with copy to: Professor Rafael Rodrigo; email: Submissions by email are preferred provided all the documents are in the form of a single PDF file.

All applications must be received by ISSI no later than January 31st, 2017. For informal discussion and further details, please contact: Professor John Zarnecki ( or Professor Rafael Rodrigo (

Type Postdoc position
Subjects planetary science, physics, chemistry or related subjects
Closing date January 31st, 2017
contact Professor John Zarnecki ( or Professor Rafael Rodrigo (



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