KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy for a senior academic staff member in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
We are looking for internationally oriented candidates (PhD or doctoral degree in Astrophysics, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent) with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of numerical modelling of stellar interiors.
You will collaborate with scientists of the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy on the one hand, and of the Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics (CmPA) in the Department of Mathematics on the other hand. Both research centres belong to the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of KU Leuven. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. KU Leuven holds the 10th place when it comes to the number European Research Council (ERC) grantees hosted.
You will perform high-level research in the field of numerical modelling of stellar interiors. The modelling should include angular momentum transport inside stars, with a focus on the role of internal differential rotation patterns, atomic diffusion processes, magnetic field generation, magnetoconvection, etc., through state-of-the-art local numerical magnetohydrodynamical simulations. The simulations need to provide high-resolution insights in local magnetohydrodynamics, as well as be applicable to global spherical scale geometry. Global models need to connect to current knowledge of stellar structure, variability, evolution and stellar coronal activity, and need to find feedback in spectroscopic, interferometric and asteroseismic diagnostics derived from modern data.
Besides research you will also ensure high-quality education within the area of astronomy and astrophysics, physics, and mathematics, supervise master and PhD theses and provide services to the community.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as tenure-track assistant professor for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.
Expressions of Interest or Inquiries are welcomed by Prof. Conny Aerts (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, Belgium
For practical questions please contact Dr. Katrijn Clemer (email@example.com), project coordinator Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, Belgium
Full application at KU Leuven website
You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2014 via the online application tool