Postdoc / scientific software developer for the ERC project DEMOBLACK

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Astronomical Observatory of Padova and University of Padova
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We invite applications for a postdoctoral/ scientific software developer position funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant DEMOBLACK led by Dr. Michela Mapelli. The DEMOBLACK team will investigate the formation channels of merging stellar black hole binaries in the field and in star clusters, by means of population synthesis and dynamical simulations.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development and maintenance of our population-synthesis code SEVN (written in C++) and to the development of software for direct N-body simulations. We are looking for applicants with excellent knowledge of C++ and python. Experience with GPU programming (CUDA or OpenCL) and parallel programming will be an advantage.

The successful candidate will join an active research team, working in the vibrant research environment of the University of Padova and of the Astronomical Observatory of Padova. Enquiries about the scientific project can be addressed to Michela Mapelli: [email protected]
More details about the research group can be found at
The earliest possible starting date is September 2018, but later dates are also possible. Applicants must have a Master's degree in Computer Science, Astrophysics, Physics or related disciplines. The appointment is for 2 years, with a possible extension up to 5 years depending on performance. Gross salaries range approximately from 24000 to 50000 EUR/year, depending on experience, more than adequate for local costs of living.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of one of their codes (up to 500 lines), complete list of publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Michela Mapelli, [email protected]. Applications sent by May 15 2018 will receive full consideration. Applications after this date are still welcome until the position is filled.
Women, Minorities, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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