SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute, SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.
The Astrophysics programme, through the Aspasia programme and together with the NOVA school, offer a PhD position in the area of X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy and timing of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) under the supervision of Dr. Elisa Costantini (SRON) and Dr. Phil Uttley (UvA).
The project will be carried out mostly at the SRON location (Utrecht) with frequent visits to the University of Amsterdam.
The project is observational in nature. The successful applicant will study Active Galactic Nuclei ionised outflows under different observational conditions, investigating the energetics and geometry of this complex medium. Timing and spectroscopy will be jointly used to study both the ejection and accretion mechanisms in the AGN. (S)he will make use of archival data from the Chandra, XMM-Newton and Hubble Space telescope satellites.
Candidates should have a master’s degree in Astronomy or Physics which has been completed before the start date. Candidates with previous experience in X-ray/UV data analysis and with programming skills are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a CV, a transcript of their university grades, a statement on their motivation to apply for this project, the names and (email) addresses of two references as well as a short (maximally 1 A4) outline of their knowledge and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1437" in the subject of your mail. Applications will be accepted until March 4th 2019.
In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to female applicants. Online screening may be part of the selection procedure.