Asteroseismology of intermediate- and high-mass stars: clusters, binaries, and yields

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Celestijnenlaan 200D
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Vlaams Brabant
Job Announcement Text: 

The Institute of Astronomy of KU Leuven, Belgium is looking for 3 junior post-doctoral researchers to join its asteroseismology group for a period of 3 to 5 years each. All 3 projects involve Kepler/TESS photometry, Gaia astrometry, and asteroseismic modelling of intermediate- and high-mass stars. The positions are in the topics of: 1) gravity-mode asteroseismology of open clusters; 2) dynamical asteroseismology of eclipsing binaries and tidal evolution; 3) yield computations calibrated by asteroseismology and the chemical enrichment of the galaxy.

The Institute of Astronomy of KU Leuven is a vibrant research group of ~90 scientists, engineers, and administrative staff, see The successful applicants will be embedded in a team led by Conny Aerts, Joris De Ridder, and Andrew Tkachenko. They will be working jointly on mapping the internal rotation and mixing profiles of stars as a function of their global stellar properties such as mass, age, metallicity, initial angular momentum, and multiplicity. The selected postdocs are expected to take up responsibilities in the supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students. They will receive training in the writing of personal competitive project applications as an important aspect of their future career development.

As an overarching aim, the three postdocs will work together with a group of PhD students to extract optimal observables from data of non-radial pulsators assembled by the surveys and exploit them to improve the theory of stellar structure and evolution. The 3 projects cover a multitude of concrete aims and tasks to be done, requiring various skills. Candidates wishing to apply for more than one position are requested to express their order of preference. 

Requirements, offer, and online application tool via Related URL given below.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven
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