Research Fellow (2+1 yrs) in Exoplanet Atmosphere modelling:
radiative transfer,  polarimetry, spectroscopy

We are seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to work on complex weather on cloud-forming gas giants and ultra-hot Jupiters with Dr Christiane Helling to start September 2021. The project focuses on radiative transfer modelling for polarimetry and spectroscopy in preparation for forthcoming observations, incl. JWST. The candidate is expected to have a PhD in astrophysics with relevant experience in the field of radiative transfer modelling, experience in the modelling of exoplanet/brown dwarf atmospheres is advantageous. The position will involve collaboration with researchers across Europe and within the St Andrews Center for Exoplanet Science. The position includes funding for travel.
Applications should include a 2-page CV, publication list, and a statement (max. 3 pages) of research interests. This should include a summary of past research achievements and statement of future plans. Details of two referees should be provided and letters of reference will be requested following long-listing.
Deadline: 15 Feb 2021 and  Further informations

St Leonard’s College World-Leading Doctoral Scholarship
PhD position “Turning Science Fiction into Data Science”
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position at the University of St Andrews’ Centre for Exoplanet Science. The project will be jointly conducted and supervised at the School of Modern Languages, the School of  Physics & Astronomy and the School of Biology.
Deadline: The position has been filled.


15 PhD places in the Marie-Curie Training Network CHAMELEON

to work on ‘Virtual Laboratories for Exoplanets and Planet-Forming Disk’ as an integral part of the St Andrews’ Centre for Exoplanet Science.You can apply for up to three out of the 15 positions available here. A common set of application materials must be submitted to the host institutes, following instructions that are described in individual adverts. The network involves the Universities of St Andrews, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Groningen, Leuven, and SRON/Utrecht and the MPIA/Heidelberg.
Deadlines: Most posts are now filled.

Summer or Research Projects

Summer placement funding possibilities
Previous summer students

… you wish to work in LEAP for finding out what research is like ? Then come and talk to us! Come and see us to discuss possible projects associated with our research.

The DIANA project offers summer projects, too,  on planet formation and protoplanetary disk physics.


Study abroad
St Andrews has an ERASMUS partnership agreement with the University of Jena for student exchange in Physics & Astronomy:
St Andrews students see here
Jena students look here
This opportunity has now be abolished by the UK government and their Brexit efforts.

Opportunities to work with us as PhD student through independent funding schemes:
Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships (student needs to be from a Scottish university)
School of Physics & Astronomy

Opportunities to work with us as PostDoc through independent funding schemes:
Royal Astronomical Society
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Newton International Fellowship
Royal Society Fellowship
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships