The Optical Astronomy group of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB) has a world-leading position in the domain of optical surveys and characterization of fast moving objects, including artificial satellites, space debris, and asteroids. AIUB operates the Zimmerwald observatory equipped with a 1-m multi-purpose astronomical telescope (ZIMLAT) used for satellite laser ranging, as well as for astrometric and photometric (CCD) observations of natural and artificial bodies. For survey purposes ZIMLAT is complemented by a small-aperture robotic telescope ZimSMART. With its research focus on space debris, space surveillance, and space situational awareness (SSA), the group is deeply involved in various ESA-funded studies and performs space debris surveys with the ESA 1-m telescope at Tenerife on behalf of ESA.
University degree (master or equivalent) in astronomy, geodesy, physics, mathematics or a similar discipline. Fluent English; basics in German are an advantage. The review of applications will begin at the end of December and the search will continue until the position is filled.