Postdoctoral Position in Planet Formation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
ETH Zurich
Job Announcement Text: 

A 1+1 year postdoctoral position is available (apply here) at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Department of Physics, within the group of Prof. Judit Szulagyi. The position is in computer simulations of planet formation, funded through an ERC Strating grant (Planet- and Moon-Factory; PI: J. Szulagyi). The desired starting date is as soon as possible.

The project is attacking the questions of planet formation, specifically how the observed diversity of planets is linked to the local disk environment where the planets are forming. The study will use hydrodynamical simulations to measure how the planetary accretion rate depends on the characteristics of the local disk environment. For this, first, the addition of self-gravity is needed into our JUPITER code (which is a 3D Godunov code, with radiative transfer and multifluid capabilities). Then 3D radiative, self-gravitating hydrodynamic simulations will be performed on the formation of planets embedded in a gaseous circumstellar disk.  

In our research group, we are using various computational methods (hydrodynamical simulations, population synthesis, N-body simulations, radiative transfer, etc.) to study processes that take place in various astrophysical disks. The postdoc will be part of a vibrant research atmosphere with numerous groups working on various aspects of planetary science-related research in ETH Zurich and within Switzerland.

Job description

You will be responsible for carrying out the research project, participating in teaching, student supervision, and in the group's activities. You will carry out 3D (radiative) thermo-hydrodynamical simulations with dust+gas with an existing code (written in C language), and further develop that code to add additional relevant physics, e.g. self-gravity. The salary will be in accordance with the regulations of ETH Zurich with an increase every year. The salary scale is fixed, and non-negotiable.

Your profile

  • PhD by the starting date of the position in quantitative sciences/engineering (e.g., astrophysics, physics, computer science, or a related field); PhD degree must be newer than 2018 January.
  • Strong programming skills
  • Experience in astrophysical research
  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics (i.e. hydrodynamical) simulations
  • Nice to have experience in one or more of the following:
    • Proven record in code development
    • Teaching experience
    • Experience in student supervision
    • Experience in planet formation research

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. For scientific inquiries please contact Prof. Judit Szulagyi, for any other questions please contact her administrative assistant, Milena Ramirez.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 6, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, November 6, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Prof. Judit Szulagyi