The Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is seeking applicants for two postdoctoral positions to work with the enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission (eXTP).
eXTP, currently planned for launch around 2027, is a China-led space-borne X-ray observatory dedicated to the study of the densest matter in the visible universe (in neutron stars) and the strongest gravity fields (in black holes of stellar and supermassive size). Detailed information can be found in https://www.isdc.unige.ch/extp/.
eXTP is currently in the start-up of phase B that will last until the end of 2021. Successful candidates are expected to work 50% of time on eXTP projects, and 50% of time on researches in the field of high energy astrophysics using data from Insight-HXMT or other observatories. Insight-HXMT is a Chinese X-ray satellite currently on orbit, and will continue its mission for several more years (http://www.hxmt.org/). The candidates will work with HXMT team in IHEP on subjects related to black hole/neutron star X-ray binaries, thermonuclear X-ray bursts, pulsars and gamma-ray burst etc.
For eXTP projects: project one is to work on prototyping techniques for fitting spectral-timing data, as well as developing new models in collaboration with Dr. Phil Uttley and Prof. Anna Watts at the University of Amsterdam; project two is to develop methodology and software for analyzing the polarimetry data of eXTP, in collaboration with some experts on X-ray polarimetry in the eXTP international consortium. The activities are to be performed mainly at IHEP in Beijing and partially in Europe. The candidate postdoc should have a Ph.D degree in Physics or Astronomy and preferably have experience with programming, in Python, Fortran, C++ or other languages commonly used, and have excellent communication skills in English.
The appointment will be for 2 years, with the option to be employed as either permanent staff or long-term contract scientist in IHEP, subject to satisfactory performance. The offer package includes an annual salary of around CNY250,000 and the regular benefits in China.
Applicants should submit a CV, a list of publications, a statement of research interests (in English, and PDF format), and three letters of reference to be sent directly by the referees, by October 15, 2019. Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continue until October 31, 2019.