Through funding from ERC-CoG project SUPERSTARS-3D, we advertise one postdoc and two PhD positions to join the team of Prof. Jon Sundqvist at the Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, Belgium. For full information about positions and to fill in the online application, please use the following links:
Project Summary: Stars with masses many times that of our Sun are the direct progenitors to cosmic phenomena such as supernova explosions, black holes, and gravitational wave sources. Observations and theory show that the radiation-dominated atmospheres of massive stars are highly complex, multi-dimensional systems. However, whereas 3D model atmospheres of sun-like stars have already been on the market for a while, for hot, massive stars we still rely solely on results derived from (inadequate?) 1D simulations. The time is now finally ripe to change this!
Institute Summary: The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) of Leuven University in Belgium is a young and vibrant research group of some 90 scientists, engineers, and administrative staff (fys.kuleuven.be/ster), including 6 full-time and 3 part-time professors. The institute is an expertise center in stellar physics.
Profile Summary: Post-doc applicants must hold a PhD in astrophysics, or an equivalent diploma. PhD applicants should hold (before start-date of the position) a M.Sc. degree in astrophysics, physics or mathematics, or else own an equivalent diploma. Proficiency in English is required. Interests in computational (astro)physics and/or analytic and numerical model-development are general assets.