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 http://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2013/patrunoPhD
More information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found at http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/research/ . Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands.