Three New MSc/PhD Positions in Exoplanet Science

We are happy to announce three new MSc/PhD positions in exoplanet science at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal. The three students will work in Professor Björn Benneke’s new group on the characterization and discovery of exoplanets and their atmospheres.

Professor Benneke is arriving at UdeM with state-of-art atmospheric modeling tools and a wide range of exciting new data sets from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and the 10-meter Keck telescopes. Among other things Professor Benneke is the principle investigator of the largest Hubble Space Telescope program to characterize super-Earths as well as a large Keck Telescope program to study giant exoplanets.

Topics that the MSc/PhD student will be able to work on include:
- Exploring the diversity of planetary atmospheres on super-Earths using Hubble Space Telescope transit spectroscopy.
- Probing the formation of giants planets using high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy from Keck telescopes.
- Exploring and understanding the exotic nature of clouds on exoplanets.
- Discovery and initial characterization of prime targets for future JWST characterization using K2, TESS, and ground-based follow-up.

Applicants must have an undergraduate or a Master degree in physics. Interested applicants can contact Professor Benneke directly at before 2017 February 15th. For more information on Professor Benneke’s work, please also see his webpage: or contact him.

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of about 40 people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) 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 are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Gemini Planet Imager and the infrared spectrographs SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research projects here: Working languages at iREx are French and English. Université de Montréal is a French institution. Support will be offered to students to learn French if necessary.

For more information on iREx, contact Marie-Eve Naud, iREx scientific coordinator:
For more information on UdeM application process contact Sophie Tremblay, Technicienne en gestion des dossiers étudiants des cycles supérieurs: and/or see the webpages