PhD scholarship in stellar dynamics - JRID45312

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
August 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
September 2, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution/Company Name: 
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland
Institution Classification/Type: 
Foreign
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Dr. Mirek Giersz
Organization: 
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center
Street Address Line 1: 
Bartycka 18
City: 
Warsaw
Zip/Postal Code: 
00-716
Country: 
Poland
Telephone: 
+48 22 3296115
FAX: 
+48228410046
Email: 
mig@camk.edu.pl
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
Email Address for Inquiries: 
mig@camk.edu.pl
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

High-quality undergraduates are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship at Nicolaus Copernicus Center, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, one of the largest astronomical institutes in Poland.

 

The four-year PhD program consists mostly of research under the supervision of dr hab. MirosÅ‚aw Giersz. The subject of PhD work is connected to stellar dynamics, particularly with dynamical evolution of globular clusters.

 

Globular clusters are among the oldest and most structurally simple objects in the Milky Way. Unfortunately, their simple structure does not mean that they can be easily numerically modeled. Close, mutual, gravitational interactions between stars, star collisions, stellar and binary evolution, the galactic tidal field are only a fraction of physical processes which have to be considered in the numerical simulations of cluster evolution. The dynamical MOCCA code, developed in the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, is one of the best codes for star cluster evolution in the world. The code is able to simulate evolution of real star cluster on levels of precision and detail comparable to N-body codes, but much faster.

PhD thesis topics to choose from:

  1. Work on the development of the Monte Carlo code in the direction of its effective parallelization and implementation of higher hierarchies than binaries. Further development of the special tools needed for fast and nearly automatic conducting of comparisons between results of simulations and observational data.
    Numerical simulations of star cluster evolution. Comparison of numerical results with observations and determining their global and local parameters. Collaboration and comparison with N-Body results of “Silk Road” project in Beijing.

  2. Work on the development of the Monte Carlo code in the direction of its effective parallelization and implementation of higher hierarchies than binaries. Further development of the special tools needed for fast and nearly automatic conducting of comparisons between results of simulations and observational data.
    Use of the observational techniques to numerical data simulation analysis in order to determine influence of binaries, dense environment, observational errors and very bright objects on the global star cluster parameters determined from observations.

 

We seek very good students with strong backgrounds in the astrophysics and numerical programming. A successful candidate must hold MSc degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position, October 01, 2013.

 

Applicants should send a CV, transcripts of study records (with grades), and a brief statement of past research and research interests to mig@camk.edu.pl or pam@camk.edu.pl. The information for candidates can be found on https://www.camk.edu.pl/en/phd/.

 

The PhD scholarship is founded by grant awarded to dr. Giersz by National Science Center. All duties and benefits are the same as for PhD scholarships founded by Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center. The PhD salary is tax free and includes all social benefits.

Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.