This position is part of a 3-year collaborative project on “Magnetic Fields of Massive Stars and their Compact Remnants”, funded jointly by the DFG (Germany) and CONICYT (Chile), and involving Prof. Norbert Langer and Dr. Jonathan Braithwaite at the University of Bonn, Prof. Andreas Reisenegger at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Dr. Henk Spruit at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, and Prof. Juan Alejandro Valdivia at Universidad de Chile. The selected candidate is expected to do mostly theoretical (analytical and/or numerical) research in the general area of the project. The postdoc will have a contract at PUC in Santiago, Chile, during the first 18 months of the position, and at the University of Bonn during the remaining 18 months, but is expected to travel among the participating institutions in order to contribute to the inter-institutional collaboration.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related discipline. A strong background in magnetohydrodynamics, stellar astrophysics, compact objects, and/or numerical simulations is desirable.
At PUC, the postdoc will have access to a 512-core supercomputer intended for astrophysical calculations. In addition, while resident in Chile, the candidate will qualify as a member of the Chilean astronomical community with 10% privileged access to all telescopes in Chile, including ALMA, VLT, Magellan, Gemini-South, and many others.
Interested candidates should submit their CV, publication list, and a brief description of research interests and accomplishments electronically in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the same address. Applications received by March 5, 2012, will receive full consideration, although late applications will be welcome until the position is filled.
All partners of this project are committed to equal opportunity and diversity in their workforce.