Two postdoc positions in Theoretical Astrophysics at Lund Observatory are available. Theoretical astrophysics at Lund Observatory encompasses planet formation and dynamics, high-energy astrophysics, binary stellar evolution, stellar and Galactic dynamics, and galaxy formation. We have strong observational links, including involvement in the ESA missions Gaia, CHEOPS, PLATO and LISA.
We are seeking postdocs having a background within a broad range of astronomy and astrophysics, both observational and theoretical.
The postdocs will be free to define their own research in collaboration with the theoretical astrophysics researchers in Lund but will be required to work on two specific projects. One postdoc will work with Alexander Mustill on modelling the post-main sequence fate of planetary systems and the pollution of white dwarfs by accreted asteroids. The second postdoc will work with Ross Church on the early lives of binary stars that go on to form gravitational wave sources.
Research at Lund Observatory also includes work on stellar populations, stellar and laboratory spectroscopy, and research related to Gaia (particularly the astrometric solution).
The applicants should, at the start of the contract, hold a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field. The PhD should have been obtained no earlier than three years prior to the deadline.
Both positions are available for two years with the potential for a third year. The positions are available from Spring 2018, but starting dates as late as Autumn 2018 are possible.
The application should include a CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. The statement of research interests should include your own research to be carried out in Lund as well as an indication of specific interests related to the post-main sequence evolution of planetary systems and/or gravitational wave progenitors. Names and contact information of three persons willing to give references should be supplied.