Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher position in Computational Astrophysics in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Cologne, Germany. We aim at bridging the gap between local studies of star formation and feedback and the galaxy-scale evolution of the interstellar medium (ISM). This is done utilizing three-dimensional, high-resolution simulations, which require high-performance computing. We use both grid-based and SPH schemes, but the main focus for the offered position is on grid-based codes (FLASH). The position is offered within the ERC-Starting Grant Project RADFEEDBACK of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walch.
The successful applicant will develop new numerical techniques and improve existing ones. This requires a good knowledge of Fortran90 / C++ and MPI. The focus is on radiation-magnetohydrodynamics, in particular radiative transfer in multiple energy bands. Ideally, he or she will have in-depth experience in high-performance computing and astrophysical fluid dynamics. The aim of the project is the simulation of the impact of UV and X-ray emission from shocks, supernova remnants, and stellar sources on gas dynamics and chemistry in 3D MHD simulations.
Candidates should hold a university diploma or MSc. degree and a PhD in physics, astrophysics, or a related field. The position is initially limited to two years. The salary is based on the German E13 TV-L scale (39,83 hours/week), which accounts for experience and qualification. The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with German laws. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Closing date for the application is January 30, 2019, but the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a single PDF file containing a CV, educational record, and a 1-2 page research statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Mrs. Huyen Nguyen with cc to Prof. Stefanie Walch by the deadline. Electronic applications are encouraged. The possible starting date is as early as April 2019.