The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, a leading institute of the GeoPlanet Doctoral School, invites applications for PhD positions in astrophysics.
We offer the following topics:
Understanding Cepheids: physical and empirical basis for our main tool for distance determination in the Universe, supervised by Dr. Bogumił Pilecki. In the project, a large sample of newly discovered Cepheids in spectroscopic and eclipsing binary systems will be thoroughly studied. The goal is to determine the physical, atmospheric, and multiplicity properties of these Cepheids, and study the binary interactions between the components. For more information please visit this page.
Chemical enrichment of the Milky Way, supervised by Dr. Rodolfo Smiljanic. One PhD position is available to work on large-scale observational study in the field of Galactic archaeology. The project will focus on the determination of stellar
chemical abundances from high-resolution spectra of metal-rich ([Fe/H]>-0.5) field and cluster stars. The selected candidate will join a team that is developing a new, innovative system for the large-scale analysis of stellar spectra.
Modeling of quartz resonators in applications for autonomous sensors, supervised by Dr. Mariusz Suchenek and Prof. Tomasz Bulik. Typically quartz resonators are used as timing sources for data acquisition systems and also to mark data samples or series of data with a timestamp. The PhD task is to develop a model of quartz resonator allowing to improve the stability of the frequency for the timestamp system.
Astrophysics of stellar-merger remnants with interferometric techniques, supervised by Dr. Tomasz Kaminski. One PhD position is available to work on remnants of recent mergers of non-compact stars (a.k.a. red novae) using observations from millimeter-wave interferometers, incl. ALMA and SMA.
Applicants should contact their potential supervisors to obtain more details on the proposed research topics.
PhD students in the doctoral school receive a scholarship for the period of 4 years, paid either by the institute, or from the research grant.
Application documents include: application form, copy of Master/university and Bachelor diplomas, transcript of grades, CV, motivation letter and at least one recommendation letter. For details about application and selection procedure see the official announcement text. Apply using on-line application form.