Extreme imaging of galactic high-mass stars

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 22, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
KU Leuven
Department Name: 
Institute of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Celestijnlaan 200D
City: 
Leuven
State/Province: 
Vlaamse Brabant
Zip/Postal: 
3001
Country: 
Belgium
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Project

Massive stars are among the most important cosmic engines, driving the evolution of galaxies throughout the history of the universe. As most of these stars are found in binary and higher multiple systems, an accurate knowledge of their multiplicity properties is crucial to understand the role of the massive stars. On the one hand, the orbital parameter distributions are the tracers of massive star formation. On the other hand, they determine the frequency of evolved massive binary systems, including high-mass X-ray and double compact binaries, Type Ib/c supernovae, short and long-duration gamma-ray bursts. Unfortunately, so far only rudimentary knowledge of the intrinsic distributions of massive wide binaries is available.

In this project, we undertake various observational campaigns at the highest angular resolution and highest contrast possible towards nearby massive stars, aiming at obtaining a complete  view of their multiplicity properties over the parameter range relevant to test massive star formation and evolution theories. Specifically, we will explore the range of separations where companions possibly formed by the remnants of the fragmented disk are expected to be found and where the role of triples and higher order multiples are expected to be significant.

The Vacancy

Through multiple prestigious grants (FWO, ERC-CoG, KU Leuven C1), the KU Leuven Institute of Astrophysics is establishing a strong research pole on massive stars. Applications are now invited for a postdoc position financed by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) on the topic

Extreme imaging of galactic high-mass stars

The selected candidates will join the team of Prof. Hugues Sana and will work as part of an international network of collaborators. Significant experienced with high-angular resolution and/or high-contrast imaging techniques with instruments such as ESO/VLTI, NACO or SPHERE or equivalent instruments is desirable for this position.

The Host Institute

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) of Leuven University in Belgium is a young and vibrant research group of some 50 scientists, engineers, and administrative staff (fys.kuleuven.be/ster), including 6 full-time and 3 part-time professors. The institute is an expertise centre in stellar physics and is active in several international consortia and collaborations, involving telescopes at observatories worldwide and in space. Members of IoA have access to parallel computing facilities at Leuven University. The IoA is responsible for the organisation of the 2-year Master in Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Faculty of Science and owns the 1.2m Mercator telescope at Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma Observatory, Canary Islands. The institute has a long tradition in instrumental, observational, and theoretical studies of stellar evolution.

Requirements and Instructions to Apply 

Post-doc applicants must hold a PhD in astrophysics or an equivalent diploma. The ideal candidates will have a strong observational and/or data analysis background, including expertise relevant for the project.

The application package should be sent as one single PDF containing:
(i)    a curriculum vitae, with a full publication list;
(ii)    a statement of interest (max. 2 page);
(iii)    a summary of the research experience (max. 3 pages). 

Applicants must also provide the names and contact details of two reference persons who would be prepared to send confidential recommendation letters should they be requested to do so. The selection committee will send out requests for such letters for those applicants on the short-list after an initial ranking. The short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview (live or via Skype).

The application material should be sent by e-mail to Clio.Gielen@kuleuven.be with subject “PD-APPLICATIONS-<applicant_surname>” at the latest by February 1st 2018. Applications that do not strictly follow these guidelines may not be properly identified.

Information on the position and on the project may be obtained by contacting Prof. Hugues Sana: email (Hugues.Sana@kuleuven.be) or phone (+32-16-37.43.61)

 

Included Benefits: 

The selected post-doc will be offered a 1(+2)-year contract, with the additional 2-years being awarded after positive evaluation. The salary will be commensurate to the standard scale for post-doc researcher in Belgium and will depend on the number of years of experience after PhD. It includes social and medical insurance as well as pension rights. The foreseen starting date shall be between June 1st 2018 and January 1st 2019 but can be negotiated. 

The postdoc will be encouraged to take up training in science and people management, science communication and grant application writing with the aim to develop a personal independent career track.

 

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Clio Gielen
Title: 
Dr.
Institution/Company: 
KU Leuven
Department Name: 
Institute of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Celestijnlaan 200D
City: 
Leuven
Zip/Postal Code: 
3001
Country: 
Belgium
Email: 
hugues.sana@kuleuven.be
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Clio Gielen
Subject: 
PD-APPLICATIONS
Email: 
clio.gielen@kuleuven.be