The Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) in Zagreb, Croatia, is offering up to two post-doctoral positions in its Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics and Astrophysics. The Laboratory is rapidly expanding and pursues vibrant research projects ranging from stellar astrophysics to cosmology, with a focus on astrophysical variability, surveys and Big Data analysis. The Laboratory has active research collaborations with the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge, Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, the University of Washington's DiRAC Institute and the Rubin LSST Science Collaboration.
The first position may be focused on detection, classification and characterisation of transients and variable stars from extant and future surveys, galactic archaeology or distance scales. Candidates with experience in time-domain astronomy, statistics or machine learning are encouraged to apply.
The second position will be dedicated to the development of software tools and other infrastructure needed for delivering science from the Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). The work related to LSST will be done in a close collaboration with the Rubin LSST Science Collaborations. Applicants should demonstrate software engineering skills, including Python (preferred) and C++ (optional). Successful candidates will be able to pursue self-directed research projects (up to 50% of the time) within the scope and overall scientific objectives of the Laboratory.
Both appointments are for two years initially, with up to two-year extensions possible. Applicants for either position should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, mathematics, computer science or a related field of natural sciences.
RBI recognizes the importance and benefit of a diverse and inclusive working climate, which ultimately leads to further advancements in science, equity and social justice. Therefore we welcome applications from candidates without regard to their national origin, race, gender identity and religion.
RBI is the leading scientific research institution in Croatia and its research portfolio includes 82 laboratories and over 500 scientists (many with international backgrounds), working in a variety of natural sciences fields. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and its cultural and academic center, with the English language commonly used thanks to the vibrant tourist and growing expat scene.
Applicants should prepare and send a cover letter indicating the position(s) of interest, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests and software development experience to Ms. Ljiljana Liščević. The candidates should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be provided separately to the same e-mail address. The starting date is expected to be in early 2021.