The Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU) of the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work in the Research Unit FOR 2285 "Debris Disks in Planetary Systems", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). One position is part of the Research Unit's project P1 "Masses and stirring of debris disks", while the second one is within project P3 "Origin of the warm and hot dust and planetary system architecture." Both projects seek to develop a detailed understanding of the origins of debris disks, with P1 focussing on exo-Kuiper belts and P3 on the warm and hot dust components. The postdocs are expected to carry out original research, employing theory and numerical simulations, analyzing available observational constraints, drawing inferences for the architecture of the systems, and suggesting future observational tests. The successful candidates will join the AIU theory group and will collaborate with other observational, theory, and lab projects of FOR 2285 running in Jena, Braunschweig, and Kiel.
The positions are for 3 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 applicants should have a strong educational record and hold a PhD or equivalent in physics or astronomy. Previous experience of astroresearch, preferably on circumstellar disks, exoplanets or planet formation, is required. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equal aptitude, competence and qualification will be given preference.
Applications as a single PDF should include a CV, a research statement (4 pages max), and the names and contact details of three referees. Please quote "FOR2285/P1" or "FOR2285/P3" in the subject depending on which project is preferred.