Applications are invited for a PhD position in the field of astrochemistry at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent University (Belgium) and at the Laboratoire d'Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière (LERMA) of CY Cergy Paris University (France).
The successful applicant will conduct laboratory experiments at LERMA to measure the diffusion and desorption energies for a range of elements and interstellar dust proxies. The research will be conducted on the FORMOLISM2 experimental set-up. The results of these laboratory experiments will be used by the successful candidate to infer whether a viable chemical formation route to grow grains in the interstellar medium exists. Prior experience with laboratory experiments and/or astrochemical modelling would be an asset, but is not required. The position is fully funded for four years, with sufficient funding for short and long-term visits to the partner institutes. The successful candidate will need to take part in the laboratory experiments during a few months each year, but the residence location (Ghent or Cergy-Paris) for the remaining research time will be negotiable.
Informal inquires are welcome (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) and applications sent by February 28, 2020 will be fully considered. On the project start date the Candidates must possess a Master degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or a similar field. Applicants should submit their CV and arrange for two reference letters to be sent by February 28, 2020 to email@example.com. The starting date can be as early as September 1st 2020 and should be no later than January 1st 2021. The student will obtain a double degree awarded by each of the two universities, and will be able to attend doctoral courses at both institutions. The working language and the writing of the thesis will be in English.
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