The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a PhD student position to work with Dr. Mirko Krumpe on the changing-look AGN phenomenon. The focus of the offered PhD project is to reduce and analyze recent Hubble and XMM-Newton data on the extraordinary changing-look AGN Mrk 1018. In 2015 the object underwent a dramatic dimming and change of its spectral appearance. Since then a coordinated multi-wavelength monitoring program was undertaken to better describe the behavior of the structural components and uncover possible physical reasons of those changes.
Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in astrophysics or a related discipline at the time of starting the position. Applicants are expected to have some experience in scientific coding (preferentially with python). The following skills would be advantageous for the position: experience in observational astronomy and its data analysis (in particular X-ray, UV, optical), knowledge of extragalactic astrophysics (in particular AGN), advanced English skills.
The start date is flexible, but nominally the successful applicant would begin by October 2020. The salary will be based on the German public service scale (65% TV-L E13). To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, your Master degree certificate (or equivalent), a link to your Master thesis, and a statement of previous research experience (the latter not exceeding two pages) to:
Applicants should also provide the contact information for two reference letter writers. Applications received by July 10, 2020 will be given full consideration. Later applications might be considered until the position is filled. More information is available at the AIP website (see www.aip.de/en/career/jobs/jobs-1/phd-student-changing-look-agn).