Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the Excellence Cluster "Quantum Universe" at Hamburg University working with Prof. Joe Liske, starting 1 Sep 2019 or later.
The successful PhD candidate will pursue research involving electromagnetic follow-up observations of gravitational wave events and other transients, as well as of their host galaxies. In particular, this PhD project will involve setting up and exploiting a rapid response optical follow-up facility for photometric and spectroscopic observations of gravitational wave events, fast radio bursts, and for long-term monitoring of their host galaxies. This project will be closely linked to observational efforts to detect transients with LOFAR, as well as to theoretical efforts to understand the physics of gravitational wave sources and fast radio bursts.
The Cluster of Excellence "Quantum Universe" performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Hamburg University and DESY. This position will be located at Hamburg Observatory, an institute of the Department of Physics of Hamburg University.
Doctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School and will receive offers for academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In addition, they will receive individual budgets for attending summer schools, conferences or other educational and supporting measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be made available via the hosting research groups. Doctoral research associates may actively participate in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.
For details of the position and the application process please refer to the full job ad for details.