PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics

Radboud University Nijmegen

PhD 4 years Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Uploaded 29 Jul 2020

Job Description

Applications are invited for a PhD position at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The successful candidate will work on developing computational models of accretion flows and light transport around compact objects such as for example black holes. Black holes are currently a hot topic in astrophysics. Event Horizon Telescope has just taken the first ever picture of a black hole shadow in a distant galaxy M87. Computer models of black holes are neccessery for physical interpretation of these images. PhD candidate will have an opportunity to join the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration via the supervisor and help with interpretations of the new, exciting observations.

Interested candidates should send their application matterials electronically to PhD postionsupervisor Dr. Monika Moscibrodzka ([email protected]). The application materials include: (i) a cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) statement of any past research experience and scientific interestes (2 pages maximum) and (iv) arrange 1 or 2 letters of reference to be send by the referees directly to Dr. Moscibrodzka. Application deadline is Sept 1st, 2020.

The Department of Astrophysics at Radboud University is part of the Institute of Mathematics,Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). The vibrant and international department consists of 11 faculty, about 15 postdocs and engineers, about 30 PhD students, and about 10 Master students.Research activities focus on high-energy astro(particle) physics, black holes, cosmic rays, gravitational waves, stellar and binary evolution, star clusters and the stellar and interstellar Milky Way.

The Department of Astrophysics at Radboud University is an equal opportunity employers, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such strongly encourage applications from scientists of under-represented groups.

Benefits: The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel and based on candidate experience and a full-time appointment. The Collective Labour Agreement(cao) for Dutch universities is applicable.

In particular we offer:

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week. 
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month, and will increase to €3,061 in the fourth year (salary scale P). 
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years. 
  • The intended start date is negotiable. 
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation. 
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions? 

Person Specification

The start of the 4 year long appointment is anticipated to be in Fall 2020, with some flexibility. Prefered qualifications are:

  • Master degree in astrophysics, astronomy or physics
  • Interest in space plasma physics
  • Interest in Einstein Theory of General Relativity
  • Interest in computational methods of physics