PhD position in computational astrophysics at the University of Cologne
Applications are invited for a PhD position in the newly established Theoretical Astrophysics group at Universität zu Köln, Germany. We focus on the theoretical understanding of the physics of the interstellar medium in disk galaxies, covering the area of star formation and stellar feedback to the driving of galactic fountains and outflows. This is done utilizing three-dimensional, high-resolution simulations, which require high-performance computing. The group aims at bridging the gap between local studies of star formation and feedback and the galaxy-scale evolution of the ISM.
The successful applicant should have a background in astrophysics and, most importantly, programming experience and a strong interest in scientific computing. He/she will work on the impact of radiative feedback from massive stars. This task involves both, technical work to develop and improve simulation techniques, as well as scientific work to perform and analyze the simulations and compare them with recent observations.
Candidates should have a university diploma in physics, astronomy or a related field.
The appointment will be for three years. The salary is based on the E13 TV-L scale
(50% - 75% of full-time), which accounts for experience and qualification. The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with German laws. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Closing date for application is December 20, 2013, but search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a single PDF file containing a CV, educational record, and a short statement of research interests. Please indicate your possible starting date and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to Stefanie Walch by the deadline. Electronic applications are encouraged.
Stefanie Walch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I. Physikalisches Institut
Universität zu Köln
Zülpicher Str. 77