New MSc/PhD Positions in Exoplanet Science

We are happy to announce new MSc/PhD positions in exoplanet science at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal or the other home institutions of iREx’s professors (McGill University, Bishop’s University), starting either in the 2018 Spring or Fall semester.

Topics that the MSc/PhD students could work on include:

  • Search for exoplanets around nearby stars using the NASA/TESS mission (MSc or PhD, Björn Benneke, Université de Montréal)
  • Initial characterization of newly found exoplanets for detailed studies with the James Webb Space Telescope (MSc, Björn Benneke, Université de Montréal)
  • Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy with JWST (MSc or PhD, René Doyon, Université de Montréal)
  • Exoplanet detection and characterization through precision radial velocity with SPIRou (MSc or PhD, René Doyon, Université de Montréal)
  • Search and characterization of nearby young stars (MSc, René Doyon, Université de Montréal)
  • Development of a high-efficiency readout mode for the JWST NIRISS instrument (MSc, René Doyon, Université de Montréal)
  • Development of a stabilized optical echelle spectrograph for the Observatoire du Mont Mégantic (PhD, René Doyon, Université de Montréal)
  • Probing planet atmospheres with SPIRou/NIRPS high dispersion spectroscopy (MSc or PhD, David Lafrenière, Université de Montréal)
  • Exoplanet transit spectroscopy with NIRISS on JWST (MSc or PhD, David Lafrenière, Université de Montréal)
  • RV planet search/confirmation with SPIRou/NIRPS (MSc or PhD, David Lafrenière, Université de Montréal)
  • Characterization of exoplanet surfaces and atmospheres (MSc or PhD, Nicolas Cowan, McGill University)
  • Theoretical studies of the role of magnetic fields in hot jupiters atmospheric flows (MSc or PhD, Andrew Cumming, McGill University)
  • Theoretical studies of the early stages of gas giant formation, including composition gradients (MSc or PhD, Andrew Cumming, McGill University)
  • Discovery and characterization of exoplanets with space and ground based observations such as K2, TESS, CFHT, Gemini (MSc, Jason Rowe, Bishop’s University)
  • Architecture and dynamics of multi-exoplanet systems (MSc, Jason Rowe, Bishop’s University)
  • Stellar structure and evolution with the BRITE Mission (MSc, Jason Rowe, Bishop’s University)
  • Development of future missions for Space Astronomy (MSc, Jason Rowe, Bishop’s University)

Please note that other topics are possible, just discuss with the professor(s) working in your field of interest.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in physics or similar discipline to be admitted to the MSc and a MSc degree in physics or similar discipline to be admitted to PhD. Interested applicants should contact directly the professor(s) offering the topic(s) they are interested in as soon as possible and before 2017 September 25th. For more information on their work, please also see their webpages or contact them (www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/our-team/professors/?lang=en).

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of 40+ people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students), mostly from UdeM and McGill all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx have a leadership role in many large international facilities related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), precision radial velocity instruments SPIRou and NIRPS, and the Gemini Planet Imager. iREx researchers have access to significant guaranteed time observations (GTO) with these facilities. More information on iREx research programs can be found on the institute website.

For more information on iREx, contact Marie-Eve Naud, iREx Scientific Coordinator: naud@astro.umontreal.ca.

iREx promotes diversity, inclusion and equity in its workforce and encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

Admission processes
  • For more information on McGill application process, see the admission page (deadline for admission in fall 2018: January 15, 2018)
  • For more information on Bishop’s application process, see the admission page (no formal deadline for admission, but to receive the fullest consideration for registration in September, we encourage students to apply before May 1st)