The Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU) of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU), Jena, Germany, invite applications for a graduate student position. The position is to work in the Research Unit "Debris Disks in Planetary Systems". The successful candidate will join the theory group at the AIU and will work for the Research Unit's project P2 "Sculpturing of debris disks by planets and companions." The project aims at understanding the origin of the observed features in debris disks, such as sharp edges, eccentric offsets, or azimuthal asymmetries. Many of these can be attributed to the gravitational influence of yet unseen planets and companions. The graduate student will benefit from close collaboration with other observational, theory, and laboratory projects of the Research Unit.
The position is for three years and can start at any time in the summer or fall 2019. The salary is standard for postdoc positions in Germany. Funding is available for travel, computational resources and relocation expenses.
The applicant should have a strong educational record and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters' degree or equivalent in physics or astronomy. Experience with numerical simulations, debris disks and/or orbital dynamics, would be a strong advantage.
Applications should include a CV, a brief statement of research interests (1 page max), and the names and contact details of two referees. All applications received by June 17, 2019 will be given full consideration. The FSU is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages women to apply. Disabled persons with equal aptitude, competence and qualification will be given preference.