PhD Position on the Spin Evolution of Neutron Stars - JRID46013

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
November 30, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
November 15, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution/Company Name: 
Leiden Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
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Attention To: 
Alessandro Patruno
Leiden Observatory
Street Address Line 1: 
Neils Bohrweg 2
Street Address Line 2: 
Huygens Laboratory
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Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a PhD research position to work with Dr. Alessandro Patruno  and his new "Compact Objects" research group at the Leiden Observatory.

The position is funded by an NWO Vidi grant  ''Hints of New Physics in Pulsating Neutron Stars''.  The PhD researcher will carry on a comprehensive observational study of accreting neutron stars and radio pulsars to constrain the behaviour of the nuclear force at ultra-high densities and possible mechanisms for the emission of gravitational waves.

The PhD researcher will have the opportunity to work with X-ray, optical and radio data collected with different modern observatories. An intense interpretative work is also expected. The PhD researcher will also have the opportunity to spend a few months at the University of Southampton with prof. N. Andersson and his group (School of Mathematics).

The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits.  The application review process will begin November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting dates are negotiable with a preference for an early start (March/April 2014).
A brief statement of research interests (no more than 2 pages), a CV and contact information for at least two referees have to be uploaded with the online form available at

More information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found at .  Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands.

Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits