PARADISE – “Pushing asteroseismology to the next level with TESS, Gaia and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey” is a new KU Leuven-funded project in stellar astrophysics (2019-2024, Prof. Conny Aerts). In synergy with the ongoing ERC AdG MAMSIE (fys.kuleuven.be/ster/research-projects/mamsie/mamsie), it aims to observationally calibrate some of the most uncertain aspects of the theory of stellar interiors, focussing on intermediate- and high-mass stars. Using an observationally-driven modelling approach, interior rotation, overshooting, and mixing in single and binary stars, as well as tidal evolution in close binaries, will be studied.
The Leuven team welcomes applications for a 2+2-year postdoc to work on several WPs of the MAMSIE and PARADISE projects. We expect the postdoc to perform a whole suit of observational analyses, from data reduction/processing to detailed interpretation of data in terms of stellar variability and asteroseismology. A specific aim is to discover and unravel gravity-mode oscillations in single and binary stars of intermediate and high mass, from combined Kepler/K2/TESS photometry, Gaia DR2/DR3 astrometry, and SDSS-V spectroscopy using (un)supervised clustering methods. These are being developed at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA), within the coordinated activities of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium (TASC). The PARADISE work will be done in close collaboration with PhD students, postdocs, and stellar variability classification experts at the IoA. Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of space-based photometric and ground-based spectroscopic data of pulsating single and binary stars is a requirement. Knowledge of stellar variability, of classification methods, and of high-performance computing are assets.
More information and instructions to apply: https://fys.kuleuven.be/ster/vacancies/vacancies#PD_Paradise