Applications are invited for a four-year PhD position, starting in the Fall of 2021. The general aim of the project will be to identify and characterise Milky Way halo stars that may once have belonged to globular clusters, using observations from the ESA Gaia satellite and the new WEAVE spectrograph on the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope to study the chemical abundances and distributions of stars in phase-space.
The candidate will work with Dr. Søren Larsen (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Prof. Amina Helmi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen), and Dr. Anthony Brown (Leiden Observatory). The candidate will be based in Nijmegen but will be expected to visit Groningen and Leiden on a regular basis.
To apply, please submit the following to the e-mail address below, mentioning "WEAVE/Gaia PhD Position" in the subject line:
- A cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- List of university courses followed
- Statement of research experience and interests (approximately 1-2 pages)
- Candidates should also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in (astro)physics by the start of the appointment.
The Department of Astrophysics is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). The vibrant department consists of 11 faculty members, ~15 postdocs and technical staff, ~30 PhD students, and ~10 Master students. Research activities focus on high-energy astrophysics, black holes, cosmic-rays, gravitational waves, stellar and binary evolution, star clusters and the Milky Way.
The Department of Astrophysics is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such strongly encourages applications from scientists of under-represented groups.