EAS Job Directory
|PhD Position in Heliophysics and Machine Learning at the University of Geneva||Closing date: 2020-09-10
Contact: Lucia Kleint
|The University of Geneva invites applications for a PhD student position in Heliophysics and Machine Learning. The student will work in the interdisciplinary PRIMA group "Understanding Solar and Stellar Flares with Machine Learning" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This project has the goal of developing, implementing, and using methods to analyze large (Terabyte) astronomy data sets to better understand the physics of flares. |
|More information can be found here:
The PhD student will be employed at the computer science department of the University of Geneva. The length of a PhD is typically 3-4 years. Support for conferences and collaborations, as well as potential telescope observing is available. The selection of candidates will start after September 10, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable, preferably around January 1, 2021. For more information about the project and to submit your application please contact Dr. Lucia Kleint (lucia.kleint @ fhnw.ch)
|Tenure track researcher position at the Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH (Greece)||Closing date: 2020-09-25
Contact: Mrs. Eleftheria Tsentelierou
|The Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH, located in the island of Crete in Greece, has an opening for a tenure track researcher position (Researcher C level) in all areas of Observational Astrophysics. The application deadline is September 25, 2020.|
|The Researcher C position has academic requirements equivalent to those of an Assistant Professor. Evaluation for tenure is after three years at the position.
The position is restricted to citizens of the EU who have also conversational ability (A2 level) in Greek. Details regarding the application process are available here.
The Institute of Astrophysics (IA) commenced its operations at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), the premier research foundation in Greece, in 2019. IA-FORTH is the only research Institute in Greece dedicated exclusively to the field of Astrophysics. The Institute was founded in order to facilitate and further enhance the very successful research activities of the astrophysics group, which has been operating for nearly 30 years, within the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of FORTH and the Department of Physics of the University of Crete.
More information on IA-FORTH and its activities are available at: http://www.ia.forth.gr
|Postdoctoral position on Extreme Precision Radial Velocity at Geneva ||Closing date: 2020-08-31
Contact: Prof. François Bouchy
|Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Geneva exoplanet team to work on optimisation of radial velocity extraction in the context of the BLUVES project. |
|Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Geneva exoplanet team to work on optimisation of radial velocity extraction in the context of the BLUVES project. The goal of BLUVES is to develop a reliable laser frequency comb for blue part of visible high-precision spectrographs. The goal is to explore and compare all the different approaches of optimal spectroscopic extraction, wavelength solution and radial velocity measurement. Several challenges exist to extract and to measure Doppler signal at the level of only few cm/s. Several pipelines were already developed at the Geneva Observatory for CORALIE, SOPHIE, HARPS, HARPS-N, ESPRESSO, and more recently NIRPS spectrographs. The goal will be to go a step further in the data reduction software in order to integrate all the state-of-the-art recent developments, to prepare all the recipes to ingest and reduce laser frequency comb spectra, and to investigate all the sources of errors which may introduce radial velocity changes at the level of 10 cm/s. The postdoc will have access to all the data obtained with these above-mentioned spectrographs in order to re-reduce some observations with different approaches. The postdoc will also be in charge to define, to prepare and to conduct the astronomical tests of a new generation laser frequency comb that will be performed on ESPRESSO (ESO/VLT) and to set up all the analysis tools needed to reduced data and to interpret them.
The successful candidate will have ample opportunity to collaborate within the Swiss research network for planetary sciences PlanetS (http://nccr-planets.ch/) which presents a vibrant research environment with a wide range of activities including theory, numerical simulations, observations and instrumental developments related to exoplanets. The exoplanet team at the University of Geneva (https://www.unige.ch/sciences/astro/exoplanets/en/) is renown for its strong involvement in planet detection, the determination of the planet physical properties, the characterisation of planetary atmospheres, and the development of an associated world-class instrumentation.?
Applicants are expected to have completed a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or expect to complete it by the start of the position. Applicants are also expected to have experience in observation, data reduction and analysis, especially related to high-precision radial velocity. The duration of the appointment is for four years. This position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 80,000 CHF a year. The position is available immediately and to be started at latest on 1 December 2020. Interested candidates should contact Prof. François Bouchy at the University of Geneva. Applications should be sent via email to francois.bouchy @ unige.ch and contain (in a singe pdf file) 1) curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications, 3) a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects (max. 2 pages) and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent before 31 August 2020.
|CDS-ESCAPE Science Support Researcher||Closing date: 2020-09-15
Contact: Mark Allen
|Astrophysics researcher position at post-doc level to provide scientific support to the operation of the ESCAPE project. Work within the CDS team on scientific interoperability of astronomical data and services, and contribute to the development and presentation of science tutorials to support ESCAPE training events. The work will involve interactions with technical and scientific staff at the CDS and with the ESCAPE partners on topics including time domain astronomy, radio/mm astronomy, multi-messenger astrophysics, data science and exploitation of large astronomical surveys.
|Astrophysics researcher to provide scientific support to the operation of the ESCAPE project.
Work within the CDS team on scientific interoperability of astronomical data and services, and will contribute to the development and presentation of science tutorials to support ESCAPE training events. The work will involve interactions with technical and scientific staff at the CDS and within the ESCAPE partners. The position includes opportunities for collaboration with members of the ESCAPE project on topics including time domain astronomy, radio/mm astronomy, multi-messenger astrophysics, data science and exploitation of large astronomical surveys.
- Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related discipline
- Expertise in analysis of astronomy data
- Expertise with multi-wavelength or multi-messenger astronomy
- Experience with Virtual Observatory tools
- Experience with python language tools and notebooks
- Interest to contribute to the development of data sharing techniques and practices.
The Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) is dedicated to the collection and distribution of astronomical data and information, and the development of innovative techniques for scientific exploitation of very large data sets. The CDS provides the SIMBAD reference database; the VizieR service for astronomical catalogues and tables published in academic journals; the Aladin interactive sky atlas and the CDS portal. The CDS also contributes to the Virtual Observatory. (For more information see http://cds.unistra.fr)
The CDS is participating in the 'European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures' ? ESCAPE project funded by the European Commission. ESCAPE aims to address the Open Science challenges shared by ESFRI facilities (CTA, ELT, EST, FAIR, HL-LHC, KM3NeT, SKA) as well as other pan-European research infrastructures (CERN, ESO, JIVE, EGO-Virgo) in astronomy and particle physics research domains.(For more information see ? https://www.projectescape.eu).
Expected date of employment : October 2020 at earliest and preferably before the end of 2020
Contract Period : 24 months
Remuneration : 2675 to 3805 euros gross monthly salary depending on experience
To apply you must provide :
- CV (including publication list)
- Letter of motivation
- The names of two people who could be asked to write a reference letter
Submit your application via the CNRS recruitment portal: https://bit.ly/3jMrirF
Enquires to Mark Allen via email with subject CDS-ESCAPE-SCI
|Several PhD positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics / Heidelberg, Germany||Closing date: 2020-11-10
Contact: Christian Fendt
|The "International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg" (IMPRS-HD) invites applications for its
|The school aims to offer outstanding research and training opportunities with excellent instrumental, observational, and theoretical research facilities at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, the Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.
Main research topics carried out at these institutions are planet and star formation; exoplanets and substellar objects; astrometry; formation,
volution and dynamics of; active galactic nuclei and massive black holes; gravitational lensing; cosmology and structure formation; high energy
astrophysics; search for non-baryonic dark matter; and state-of-the-art instrumentation for astronomy and astroparticle physics.
The IMPRS-HD is an independent part of the Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics.
Several fellowships are available with 1300-1400 Euro monthly average net income.
Interested students are invited to apply by November 10, 2020, for the academic year starting in September 2021. An earlier start of the thesis research is possible.
Applicants must have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics/Astronomy including a corresponding thesis and a very good physics background.
Further details on IMPRS-HD and the application process can be found at http://www.imprs-hd.mpg.de/ [www.imprs-hd.mpg.de].
|Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics and Astrophysics at FORTH- CRETE||Closing date: 2020-08-09
Contact: Vasiliki Pavlidou
|The Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM), of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), in the framework of the FORTH-SYNERGY project "Reconstructing the MAGnetic field of the Milky way via Astrophysical Techniques and Numerical SIMulations" MagMASim, is seeking to recruit one (1) Post-doctoral Research Fellow. |
|Project MagMASim is based on a multidisciplinary synergy between the Institute of Astrophysics (IA) and the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) of FORTH. The project involves experiments, numerical methods for boundary value problems, numerical magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the evolution of galaxies through cosmic time, and statistical inference methods, in order to study and reconstruct the magnetic field of the Galaxy. To achieve this, we introduce a new approach to extracting information from Galactic magnetic field observations, with two major innovations compared to the current state of the art: (a) our approach will be based on the known physical properties of the magnetic field, in order to maximize our ability to predict the value of the magnetic field in between observations; and (b) it will be free of a series of usually adopted assumptions regarding the Galactic magnetic field geometry that severely restrict the obtainable accuracy of any magnetic field reconstruction. To address the above, we will pursue a multi-stage High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA, combination of HPC and Data Analytics tools) study of the Galactic field, involving numerical simulations and statistical inference methods.
A highly competitive, post-doctoral research fellow is sought for the project MagMASim, for 12 months initial contract, with an additional up to 12 months, extension foreseen upon performance. The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a similar discipline, with a strong background in the numerical solution of differential equations and/or statistical inference methods, being proven by publications record, previous experience and/or thesis subject and reference letters. Previous background on numerical simulations related to research topics in astrophysics will be considered as a strong asset.
FORTH is a major research organization in Greece, with the mission to pursue high quality basic and applied research. IACM (http://www.iacm.forth.gr) focuses its research activities in several fields of natural sciences and engineering including among others multi-scale modelling of complex systems, scientific computing, and computational statistics, being the main applied and computational mathematics research centre in Greece. The project is conducted in close collaboration with the Institute of Astrophysics (IA, https://www.ia.forth.gr/), which focuses its activities on cutting-edge astrophysics problems, including the physics of the Galaxy and the interstellar medium, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology.
The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with scientists at the IA and IACM institutes at FORTH. She/he will be in direct contact with the members of the "Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Complex Molecular Systems" research group at IACM-FORTH and Univ. of Crete, led by Prof. V. Harmandaris, and the "High-energy Astrophysics and Cosmology" group at IA-FORTH and Univ. of Crete, led by Prof. V. Pavlidou.
- PhD degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, or Engineering
- Experience in numerical solution of differential equations and/or statistical inference methods
- Working knowledge of English
Start Date: September 2020 onwards
Project Duration: 12 Months with possibility of extension according to the needs of the project
Net Monthly Salary: 1300 -1600 Euros (level of Assist. Professor salary), depending on experience
Application Submission: Applications received before August 9th 2020 will receive immediate attention; however, applications will be reviewed thereafter until the position is filled. Interested candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements are kindly asked to submit their applications to the secretariat of IACM Ms. M. Papadaki (mariapap @ iacm.forth.gr) with cc to the Scientific Coordinators of the project Prof V. Harmandaris (harman @ uoc.gr) and Prof. V. Pavlidou (pavlidou @ physics.uoc.gr). In order to be considered, the application must include:
|Full or associate professor in Theoretical Planetology||Closing date: 2020-10-01
Contact: Nicolas Thomas
|The Space Research and Planetology Division within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has an opening, as per 1 January 2022, for a full or associate professor (100%) in the field of
|The University of Bern hosts one of the leading research groups in Europe in the field of theoretical planetology and is looking for a candidate at the level of full professor or associate professor (according to qualifications) in numerical modelling of the formation and evolution of planetary systems or a related field. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research group that will complement existing research activities both at the University and within the Swiss and international landscapes. He/she will also teach at BSc. and MSc. level, including lecturing basic physics courses in German. Non-German speakers will be given the necessary time to become competent in the language. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant division and institute interacting in research, education, and administration as a member of the physics faculty. We expect a strong academic record including successful acquisition of third-party funds and a strong international network in research, as well as excellent social skills.
The University of Bern aims to increase the proportion of women in academic positions and therefore strongly encourages female scientists to apply. Applications proposing job sharing will also be considered.
Remuneration is in accordance with the personnel regulations of the Canton of Bern.
Applications should include
- Letter of motivation with Curriculum Vitae
- List of publications and courses taught
- List of third-party funds raised
- Information on further academic (including science management) activities
- Research plan for the first 5 years
The application documents must be submitted by 01.10.2020 electronically in a single PDF file (<10 MB) to the Dean?s Office (email: applications @ natdek.unibe.ch), Universität Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, SWITZERLAND and submit the completed online questionnaire (link to be found at https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/ptp100/index_eng.html).
The contact person for additional information is Prof. Nicolas Thomas, Director of the Physics Institute, (nicolas.thomas @ space.unibe.ch).
|PhD position in Astroparticle Physics at the University of Crete||Closing date: 2020-08-15
Contact: Vasiliki Pavlidou
|The Department of Physics at the University of Crete invites applications for a PhD position in the field of astroparticle physics, under the joint supervision of Prof. Vasiliki Pavlidou at Crete and Dr. Tonia Venters at NASA Goddard on the astrophysics of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays and their intergalactic propagation. |
|We are looking for applicants with a Masters degree in physics, astrophysics, or related fields, with at least some background in particle and astroparticle physics (ideally Masters level research), such as ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, very-high-energy gamma rays, and their interactions with intergalactic photon fields. Desired technical skills include programming in C++ and Python; some experience with simulations and/or modeling would be a plus. The position includes full benefits, as well as a budget for travel and research expenses. The PhD candidate will be based in Heraklion, Crete, and will collaborate closely with the joint astrophysics group of the Department of Physics of the University of Crete, the Institute for Theoretical and Computational Physics, and the Institute of Astrophysics of FORTH ( https://www.ia.forth.gr/), as well as with Goddard astrophysicists in the US. Interested candidates should send a CV and brief description of past research, as well as contact information to three potential references to pavlidou @ physics.uoc.gr and tonia.m.venters @ nasa.gov. The position will remain open until filled. We envision a starting date in the fall of 2020.
|Associate Editor / Senior Editor, Astronomy Journals at Springer||Closing date: 2020-07-14
Contact: Ramon Khanna
|In this role you will take responsibility for the running and editorial development of a list of journals across astronomy, astrophysics, space science, and potentially related fields in the physical sciences. This will involve close liaison with external academic Editors, engagement with the scientific community to keep abreast of new projects and research directions, and using this knowledge to take concrete actions which keep your journals at the forefront of scientific endeavour. |
|Associate Editor / Senior Editor, Astronomy Journals
Closing date: July 14th 2020
Full details at
|Postdoctoral position on the evolution of stellar clusters||Closing date: 2020-08-15
Contact: Sebastian Kamann
|Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in Galactic Astronomy, to work with Dr. Sebastian Kamann in the Stellar Clusters group at the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University.|
|The successful applicant will work in the UKRI-funded project "Stellar Clusters as the Nurseries of Black Holes". The aim of the project is to constrain the contribution of star clusters to the cosmic mass spectrum of black holes, using a combination of state-of-the-art observational data and advanced dynamical models. In particular, the successful applicant will be able to work on all data obtained in the MUSE stellar clusters GTO programmes. Possible project tasks include the post-processing of these data or the generation of dedicated cluster models (such as analytical, orbit- or particle-based models) as well as data-model comparisons.
You should have a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics or a closely related field by the starting date. The position is offered for up to 4 years. The nominal start date is November 1st 2020.
The Astrophysics Research Institute is committed to promoting diversity. Applications from members of traditionally under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
All applications received by August 15, 2020 will receive full consideration. Interested candidates should apply by filling out the web application at https://jobs.ljmu.ac.uk/vacancy/postdoctoral-research-assistant-in-stellar-cluster-evolution-fixed-term-421252.html. Please attach a CV, a list of publications, and a 2-page research statement as supporting documents. The contact details of two referees that can be contacted for letters of recommendation should also be provided. Any queries about the application should be directed to Sebastian Kamann (s.kamann @ ljmu.ac.uk).
|Public Outreach and support to the scientific management of AHEAD2020, an EU Program for High Energy Astrophysics||Closing date: 2020-07-10
Contact: Lorenzo Natalucci
|A post-doc position is opened at INAF/IAPS for a researcher with expertise in outreach activities, to work with the project team of AHEAD2020. The researcher is expected to take an active role within the team also in supporting the project management. He/she will have the opportunity to work in an innovative and scientifically stimulating environment, built around a large international collaboration. |
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Participation to the selection is reserved to Italian and foreign citizens holding the following minimum requirements:
? Ph.D. degree either in Physics or Astronomy, or Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Space Science, or equivalent degree, issued by an Italian (or foreign) Advanced Studies Institute or University. Or
? degree either in Physics or Astronomy, or Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, or Space Science, or Communication of Science or equivalent degree issued according to the previous or actual Italian University regulations which would formally entitle to the admission to a doctorate awarded by an Italian university or by a foreign university, together with at least three years of documented experience in scientific or technological activities after the degree;
Applicants are required to have experience in scientific communication or management of scientific projects. As additional assets will be considered:
- University Masters or other specialisation courses related to astrophysics or astronomy or communication of science;
- Experience in scientific topics in observational astronomy or data analysis;
- Work experience in the Communication Offices of Italian or foreign research bodies;
- Didactic activities related to schools or universities;
- Experience in organizing popular events and for the public in the scientific field;
- Documented experience of management or project controller
- Management of web pages and social media Excellent knowledge of English is required.
Full announcement and application forms:
|Postdoctoral position in gamma ray burst astrophysics||Closing date: 2020-07-31
Contact: Agnieszka Janiuk
|Applications are invited for one postdoctoral position at the Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP PAS), in Warsaw, Poland, to work on a study of gamma ray bursts and their multimessenger appearance, employing computational astrophysics methods. Supervisor of the project is prof. Agnieszka Janiuk.
The position will be for 3 years. The starting date is negotiable but could be as early as October 2020.
|Applications are invited for one postdoctoral position at the Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP PAS), in Warsaw, Poland, to work on a study of gamma ray bursts and their multimessenger appearance, employing computational astrophysics methods.
We seek an ambitious and creative researcher who can explore and propose new ideas for investigating signatures of gamma ray bursts central engines, and their outflows, including chemical enrichment of the interstellar plasma by these explosions and heavy element radioactivities. The post-doc will also collaborate with other team members on the development of the GR MHD numerical tools and large scale jet modeling.
Applications are welcome from candidates with strong background in any aspect of theoretical and computational astrophysics. The ideal candidate has solid programming skills, previous experience on the application of ideal MHD methods and massive hydrodynamical simulations, good communication skills, and the ability to carry out projects independently, while working constructively within a group. Previous research experience on one or more of the following topics would be an asset: neutrino physics, dense matter equation of state, r-process nucleosynthesis. Pedagogical skills and experience in co-supervising students is also a plus.
The position will be for 3 years. The starting date is negotiable but could be as early as October 2020.
Application Deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020
Selection of candidates and on-line interviews is planned around September 15, 2020.
The candidates should send their documents by email, to rekrutacja @ cft.edu.pl.
Application should include:
1. The scientific CV, including publication list, participation in research projects and
conferences (with the clause "I agree to the processing of my personal data
contained in the application documents")
2. Motivation letter, with a brief description of the Candidate's scientific interests and
future research plans.
3. A copy of the PhD diploma, or statement from the PhD Advisor on the planned date
of defense (the PhD should be awarded before the post-doc contract starting date).
4. Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference separately sent to the
email address given here.
Website of CFT Astrophysics group: http://www.cft.edu.pl/astrofizyka
Contact address for further questions: agnes @ cft.edu.pl
|Astronomer / Instrument Project Scientist||Closing date: 2020-08-31
|The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world?s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.|
|For its Directorate for Science at its Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of Astronomer / Instrument Project Scientist.
ESO is engaged in the operation and construction of a number of optical and infrared instruments for its observatories. The Instrument Project Scientist follows the development and construction phases of new instruments ensuring that the top-level requirements are fulfilled and that the operational scenarios are commensurate with the scientific needs and the constraints of the observatory. The development of the instruments may either be carried out by a consortium of universities and institutes, working in collaboration with ESO, or by an internal team at ESO. The successful applicant will be assigned to follow one or more instruments at any given time.
Applicants with relevant experience in instrumentation at optical/IR wavelengths and using any technique (e.g. spectroscopy/imaging/mos/ifu/high/low-resolution) are encouraged to apply. Preference may be given to highly experienced applicants and/or to those with a background in the development and use of adaptive optics facilities and the associated instrumentation.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
-Provides strong scientific leadership to the assigned instrument programmes within ESO;
-Acts as the principal scientific contact to the instrument building consortium;
-Liaises with ESO's scientific community on issues related to the instruments under their responsibility;
-Develops, owns and maintains the scientific requirements for the assigned instruments;
-Works closely with the ESO Project Managers, Project Engineers and System Engineers to ensure the implementation of the scientific requirements;
-Coordinates and connects with the relevant Programme Scientist(s) on the related instruments and projects;
-Supports the testing, commissioning and early operations. Specifically: prepares for the science operation during design, manufacturing/assembly/integration and testing and commissioning of the instrument in close cooperation with the observatory;
-Participates in progress meetings and instrument reviews;
-Tracks the evolving requirements for the assigned instruments emerging from the community;
-Interacts closely with the observatory and data management teams on operational aspects;
-Coordinates the activities of the instrument Science Team;
-As a member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty is expected and encouraged to conduct an original personal research programme and to participate actively in the scientific life of ESO.
The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt are required.
Head of the Project Science Department
Key Competences and Experience:
Essential Competences and Experience:
-Experience in instrument development covering at least one of its phases, i.e. science cases development, initial design, final design, acceptance tests, or final commissioning;
-Significant involvement in one or several relevant instrument phases (construction, design, or operation of instrumentation at optical/IR wavelengths) and using any technique;
-Experience with the planning, execution, analysis and publication of scientific research arising from said instrumentation;
-Active research programme;
-Excellent writing and communication skills;
-Good publication record;
-Understanding of the science requirements on instruments and strategies for their realisation;
-Cooperative team player;
-Good cross-disciplinary communication skills;
-Ability to work in a clear and structured manner producing meaningful reports to supervisors and presentations to governing bodies;
-Ability to effectively communicate at all levels within the organisation and with the community;
-Provides clear, concise and timely oral and written communications, identifying the key issues, examining options and proposing a way forward.
Desirable Competences and Experience:
-Ability to provide scientific and strategic vision and leadership to geographically dispersed multi-cultural/multi-disciplinary teams within a cost constrained programme;
-Broader experience following instrument development over most if not all phases from initial design to final commissioning;
-Proficiency in relevant data reduction methods and tools;
-Ability to negotiate with external scientists and instrument builders to achieve ESO's goals;
-Ability to motivate and inspire others; strong influencing skills.
Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent
Excellent command of the English language is essential.
Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.
The contract is for a fixed-term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.
Serious consideration will be given to outstanding candidates willing to be seconded to ESO on leave from their home institutions. The grade may be subject to change according to qualification and the number of years of experience.
Garching near Munich, Germany with duty trips to ESO sites in Chile as required.
Closing date for applications is 31 August 2020.
|Postdoc in radio astronomy at the University of Hamburg||Closing date: 2020-12-31
Contact: Francesco de Gasperin
|We are offering a 2+1 year postdoc position at the University of Hamburg focused on the development of advanced algorithms for radio astronomy and science exploitation with a special focus on the Meerkat radio telescope (https://www.sarao.ac.za/gallery/meerkat/). The candidate should have an extensive knowledge of either python or C. Being familiar with concepts of radio interferometry is an asset.|
|The researcher will be part of the quickly growing group of radio astronomers at the University of Hamburg. The candidate will be part of the MeerKAT collaboration and will have privileged access to data. The candidate is expected to develop novel algorithms to calibrate and image radio data and participate in MeerKAT science exploitation. Given the strong involvement of the University of Hamburg in LOFAR, the candidate will have the unique chance to contribute to both collaborations, creating synergies between two of the most advanced radio telescopes operating at this time.
Hamburg Observatory offers a diverse and rich research environment. Our teams have strong expertise in radio, X-ray and numerical modeling. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities and to large survey data from Meerkat, LOFAR, eRosita, 4MOST. Hamburg Observatory is part of the Quantum Universe cluster of excellence, which comprises around 50 faculty and their groups to work on the foundation of mass and gravity. Funding for computing and travel will be available. The position comes with no teaching duties, but there is the possibility of gaining teaching experience upon request. A PhD in astronomy, computer science, physics or equivalent is a requirement.
The application must include:
- a motivational letter
- the CV of the candidate
- 2 letters of recommendation
Please send all documents via email to Prof. de Gasperin (fdg @ hs.uni-hamburg.de), we will accept applications until the position is filled. The position can preferably begin as early as possible after September 1st, 2020 and no later than December 2020.
|RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Associate Professor in theoretical cosmology at Aarhus University||Closing date: 2020-09-01
Contact: Ulrik Ingerslev Uggerhøj
|The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark (www.phys.au.dk) invites applications for a permanent associate professor position in theoretical cosmology.
The Department seeks to strengthen its existing activities in theoretical astrophysics with particular emphasis on cosmology and physics of the early Universe. We are particularly searching for a candidate with documented interest and experience in numerical methods in theoretical cosmology, and in high performance computing.
The position is open from March 1st 2021.
|RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Associate Professor in theoretical cosmology with focus on numerical studies of the cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, and the early Universe
The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark (www.phys.au.dk) invites applications for a permanent associate professor position in theoretical cosmology.
The Department seeks to strengthen its existing activities in theoretical astrophysics with particular emphasis on cosmology and physics of the early Universe. We are particularly searching for a candidate with documented interest and experience in numerical methods in theoretical cosmology, and in high performance computing.
The position is open from March 1st 2021.
The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research activity in this field, which will strengthen and complement existing research activities at the department.
Applicants must have a strong record of original scientific research at international level, and they are invited to document examples of collaborative international research. Applicants must hold a PhD in physics and be able to teach physics at all levels of the University curriculum, in particular in cosmology, but also in introductory courses like mechanics or electromagnetism. Ability and willingness to teach general relativity and/or particle physics is considered an asset.
Applicants are expected to document their experience with university teaching, including the supervision of MSc and PhD students.
Equality and diversity
The department is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and, in addition to a strong research track record, the successful applicant(s) is thus encouraged to show a genuine commitment to developing the role and identifying the talent of under-represented groups in physics, and demonstrate an interest in contributing to innovative programs that will target these groups at all levels.
Place of work and area of Employment
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Further information can be obtained from Head of Department Ulrik I. Uggerhøj.
E-mail: ulrik @ phys.au.dk
Previously submitted applications will be taken into consideration unless they are withdrawn.
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications ? and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, ? the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.
Formalities and salary range Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.( Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (http://www.medarbejdere.au.dk/job_structure_for_academic_staff_at_Universities_2013).)
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (http://www.medarbejdere.au.dk/job_structure_for_academic_staff_at_Universities_2013).
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here (http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/). Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here (http://international.au.dk/research/).
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University?s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
|PhD student position in 3D mapping of the Milky Way, at MPIA Heidelberg||Closing date: 2020-07-17
Contact: Gregory Green
|The Galaxies and Cosmology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg invites applications for a PhD student position to work with Dr. Gregory Green on mapping the three-dimensional structure of the Milky Way.|
|We are at an exciting moment in the study of Milky Way structure. Precision astrometry from the Gaia mission, coupled with large-scale photometric and spectroscopic surveys of the Galaxy, now allow for us to map the three-dimensional structure of the Milky Way on an unprecedented scale. It is now possible to tackle the numerically challenging, tightly coupled problems of mapping the distribution of dust and stars throughout the Milky Way disk. At the same time, stellar kinematics, gleaned from the Gaia mission, allow us to trace the full distribution of mass - including the unseen dark matter component - throughout the Galaxy. A comparison of the full mass distribution - derived from stellar dynamics - with the stellar mass distribution - inferred from photometry and spectroscopy - will be of great interest.
The student will work on inferring stellar properties from photometry and astrometry, and applying modern statistical techniques to map out the distribution of dust and stars in the Milky Way. The student will gain experience in techniques from Bayesian inference and machine learning, and in working with large astronomical datasets. The student will have the opportunity to work with exciting new datasets, including stellar spectroscopy from SDSS-V (https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03234), astrometry from Gaia (https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia), and deep optical and near-infrared photometry from the Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey (http://decaps.skymaps.info/). For more background about Dr. Green's work on mapping dust in the Milky Way, see http://argonaut.skymaps.info/.
The student will participate in the broader Heidelberg astronomical community (at the MPIA, Heidelberg University and HITS), and will have the opportunity to build independent collaborations with scientists at the MPIA and worldwide.
The position comes with up to 4 years of funding (at 65% of the German TVL E13 pay scale), and could start as early as September 2020 (and no later than December 2020). The student will join the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (https://www.imprs-hd.mpg.de/).
We are looking for students with a strong physics education and research experience in astronomy. The applicant should hold a Masters' degree or equivalent in physics or astronomy at the time they begin at the MPIA. Exceptional students with a 4-year Bachelor's degree may be accepted. Advanced language skills in English (both written and spoken) are required. Experience with and interest in numerical methods and programming are strongly desired.
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Copies of academic certificates and grade transcripts
3. A 1-2 page statement of research interests
4. Two letters of reference, to be sent separately
Application deadline: 17 July 2020.
Job start date: between September and December 2020.
All materials may be submitted by email (green @ mpia.de) or by mail:
Dr. Gregory Green
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Please contact Dr. Gregory Green (green @ mpia.de) with any questions about the position or application process.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly encouraged. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care institutions.
|Postdoctoral position on Galactic Archaeology||Closing date: 2020-07-31
Contact: Rodolfo Smiljanic
|Applications are invited for one postdoctoral position at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC), in Warsaw, Poland, to work on a study of stellar radial mixing employing machine learning methods. The successful applicant will join a team led by Dr Rodolfo Smiljanic working on the project "Playing CHESS with stars" funded by the Polish National Science Center.|
|The overall project aims at developing a new and innovative system for the large scale analysis of stellar spectroscopic data. The "CHEmical Survey analysis System" (CHESS) will combine machine learning ideas with the traditional radiative transfer modelling of stellar spectra.
We seek a resourceful and creative researcher who can explore and propose new ideas for investigating signatures of stellar radial mixing in large data sets of detailed stellar chemical abundances. The post-doc will also collaborate with other team members on the development of the new chemical analysis system.
Applications are welcome from candidates with strong background in any aspect of observational, theoretical, or computational stellar or Galactic astrophysics. The ideal candidate has solid programming skills, previous experience on the application of machine learning methods to astrophysical data, good communication skills, and the ability to carry out projects independently, while working constructively within a larger team. Previous research experience on one or more of the following topics would be an asset: Galactic archaeology, chemical evolution of the Galaxy, chemical abundances in late-type stars, stellar ages, stellar kinematics, or stellar nucleosynthesis.
The position will be for 2 years. The starting date is to some extent negotiable but could be as early as November 2020.
The gross monthly salary will be of 8376 PLN (net monthly: 5900 PLN - about 1390 EUR) and a travel budget is available.
Candidates are expected to have a valid PhD degree in astronomy/astrophysics obtained within 7 years from the date of starting the employment (career breaks such as for maternity/paternity leave can be taken into account).
The application should be sent by e-mail (as pdf files) to: recruitment @ camk.edu.pl by July 31th 2020.
Review of the applications shall commence immediately after that and short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews.
Candidates should submit the following documents:
(1) a copy of their PhD diploma or a binding statement of its date of completion,
(2) a CV including the list of publications,
(3) a short statement of research achievements and interests (maximum 3 pages);
(4) a scan of the signed DGPD form (NCN DGPD document available at: https://www.camk.edu.pl/en/about/ochrona-danych-osobowych/),
In addition, at least two letters of recommendation should be arranged and sent directly by their authors to the same e-mail address.
Questions about the position can be sent to: rsmiljanic @ camk.edu.pl
The official announcement can be found in the link: https://www.camk.edu.pl/en/archiwum/2020/06/01/postdoctoral-position-galactic-archaeology/
|Senior Lecturer at UNIGE in the domain of High-energy Astrophysics||Closing date: 2020-07-15
Contact: Stéphane Paltani
|The Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva is opening a position of Senior Lecturer at the Department of Astronomy in the domain of High-energy Astrophysics.|
|INSTITUTE: The Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva offers a modern and vibrant scientific environment with world-renown researchers in the domains of stellar physics, extra-solar planets, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational cosmology and high-energy astrophysics. It hosts in particular a Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research and is actively involved in most of the major missions of the European Space Agency.
ASSIGNMENT : Full-time appointment including lecturing in the domain of High-Energy Astrophysics (maximum 4 hours/week), and supervision of bachelor, master and PhD theses. The successful candidate is expected to conduct world-class research in the domain of high-energy astrophysics, in particular in X-rays, and attract external fundings. Profiles demonstrating a strong implication in the science of current and future space missions in X-rays, in particular XMM-Newton and Athena, are especially encouraged.
ACADEMIC TITLE REQUESTED : PhD or equivalent. Experience in research supervision and teaching experience. Publications in high-ranked international journals.
STARTING DATE : 01.11.2020, or upon mutual agreement.
Applications must include the following documents:
Cover letter ; Detailed CV together with a list of publications ; Copy of highest degrees/diploma ; Research and teaching statements ; List of referees who can later be contacted directly by the search committee. Recommendation letters are not requested for now.
Applications should be submitted exclusively on-line before July 15th, 2020 (23:59 Geneva time) using the following link:
APPLICATIONS SENT BY EMAIL SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Complementary information may be obtained at the following e-mail address : scienceopenings @ unige.ch.
|PhD study in astronomy, Krakow, Poland||Closing date: 2020-07-10
Contact: Ela Danielkiewicz-Krosniak
|PhD study in astronomy at Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland) covers broad range of theoretical and observational research subjects, from analysis of optically variable objects (both stellar and active galactic nuclei), high energy astrophysics and accretion disks, radio astronomy, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. Candidates eligible for admission to the Astronomy program of study are the holders of Master of Science (Magister, Magister engineer), or equivalent professional title awarded in the field of exact sciences.|
|Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences Astronomy at Jagiellonian University (city: Krakow, country: Poland)
PhD study in astronomy covers broad range of theoretical and observational research subjects, from analysis of optically variable objects (like accreting binary stars or active galactic nuclei), high energy astrophysics, multiwavelength astronomy, radio astronomy, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University participates in ESO, has access to the SALT optical telescope, collaborates in HESS and CTA projects (gamma-ray astrophysics) as well as in the network of LOFAR radio telescopes array, also participate in the VIRGO gravitational waves detector. Our researches use also several world class Earth bound radio (VLA, 100m Effelsberg) and space (Chandra, XMM, Fermi) observatories.
All interested candidates are welcome to register in our on-line system.
Accepted foreign students will obtain Ph.D. fellowships (equal to the ones provided to the Polish students i.e. approx. 2200* PLN per month, which is 26400 PLN per year), as well as, the health insurance (students from outside EU may be subject of another regulations in that matter).
Based on good progress in a PhD thesis preparation students can apply for support of travels and conference participation. They can also apply for research grants from the Polish Science Foundation.
There is NO tuition fee.
* Costs of living in Poland is significantly lower than in Western European countries.
Registration begins on 29 of June 2020 (closing date 10 of July 2020, 12:00 Warsaw time).
|PhD Fellowships at the Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH||Closing date: 2020-07-31
Contact: Vassilis Charmandaris
|The Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH announces the availability of PhD fellowships in select areas of observational extragalactic astrophysics under the supervision of Dr. Tanio Diaz Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org). The student/students will be registered in the PhD program of the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Crete and are expected to commence by the end of 2020 or early 2021. The net monthly fellowship stipend is 750 Euros.
For application information visit: https://www.ia.forth.gr/employment-opportunities
|The Institute of Astrophysics of the Foundation for Research and Technology -- Hellas (IA-FORTH) announces the availability of PhD fellowships in the four research topics described bellow under the supervision of Dr. Tanio Diaz Santos (tanio @ ia.forth.gr). The selected student/students will be registered in the PhD program of the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Crete and are expected to commence by the end of 2020 or early 2021. The net monthly fellowship stipend is 750 Euros.
IA-FORTH is located in Heraklion, at the island of Crete, Greece. It was founded in 2018 and offers a stimulating research environment access to unique research facilities, including Skinakas Observatory, as well as international collaborations with leading astrophysics groups at institutes and universities across the globe. A presentation of the activities of IA-FORTH is available at:
To apply, send your CV and a research statement, specifying the project(s) of interest (see below), to: info @ ia.forth.gr. The applications will be reviewed over the following months, with a hard deadline on July 31, 2020. For more information on the application process please contact Ms. Eleftheria Tsentelierou (info @ ia.forth.gr, phone: +30-2810-394200).
For a more detailed description of the four research topics offered:
A. Star formation across the merger sequence of luminous infrared galaxies
B. Physical properties of hot dust-obscured galaxies (Hot DOGs)
C. The APEX/LABOCA FAr-IR mJy Observations of the RBGS (ALFAJOR) Survey
D. The Hot Activity in Dusty Environments Survey (HADES)
and/or contact Dr. Tanio Diaz Santos (tanio @ ia.forth.gr).
|PhD positions at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia||Closing date: 2020-12-25
Contact: David McClelland
|PhD position at the ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics in the filed of optics, electro-optics, electronics, control systems, isolation systems and modelling.|
|Projects with the Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics will develop skills in a number of highly employable areas such as: optics, electro-optics, electronics, control systems, isolation systems and modelling. We also have research projects which aim to develop spin-off technology into commercial products, for example high sensitivity trace gas analysis, laser intensity and frequency stabilization techniques and more.
More details about some of the available projects can be found at : https://physics.anu.edu.au/quantum/people/profile.php?ID=288&tab=available_projects
For more information
Prof. McClelland, David
(02) 612 59888
David.McClelland @ anu.edu.au
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