Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gravitational Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Friday, January 3, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Niels Bohr International Academy
Department Name: 
Niels Bohr Institute
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Blegdamsvej 17
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Job Announcement Text: 

The Niels Bohr International Academy at The Niels Bohr Institute invites applications for 3-year Postdoctoral positions in the area of transient electro-magnetic (EM) and gravitational wave (GW) astrophysics. Exceptional and highly motivated candidates will also be considered for 5-year positions at the Assistant Professor level. The preferred starting date is Fall 2020. Applicants are requested to submit their applications via the online application system (including a cover letter, CV, publication list, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation). For full consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed continually up until January 31, 2020.

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to conduct research in collaboration with a vibrant group of scientists covering a broad range of topics relevant for EM+GW astrophysics, including newly appointed Assistant Prof. Johan Samsing (GW astrophysics, N-body dynamics, black hole merger synthesis modeling); Associate Prof. Irene Tamborra (particle astrophysics, multi-messenger astrophysics, neutrinos in and from neutron star mergers, supernovae, etc.); and Prof. Martin Pessah (astrophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, black hole accretion discs).

We are especially looking for candidates interested in the modeling of gravitational wave sources, their expected EM and GW signals, and how current and future observatories (LIGO/Virgo, LISA, DECIGO, CE/ET) can be used to probe their astrophysical origin. Topics of particular interest include:

  • (1) Relativistic N-body/hydro simulations of stellar systems hosting black holes.
  • (2) Interaction of black holes near intermediate mass- and super-massive black holes.
  • (3) Dynamics and merger of compact objects in active galactic nuclei discs.
  • (4) Modeling of Milky Way GW sources and how they relate to LIGO/Virgo observations.

Applications from outstanding candidates with relevant expertise in complementary aspects of transient EM+GW astrophysics are warmly welcome.

The successful candidate will also have exclusive access to some of the largest dedicated astrophysics computer resources in Scandinavia, including a general-purpose cluster with more than 3000 cores, a GPU cluster, a petabyte of storage, and dedicated data analysis servers. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to guide more junior fellows, teach courses at various levels, participate in outreach activities, and organize international meetings. The position also includes a generous research and travel budget.

For further information, questions and informal inquiries please contact Asst. Prof. Johan Samsing and Prof. Martin Pessah via email. Note that interested candidates who have already submitted applications in response to the add: are already under consideration and should therefore not re-submit their applications.

The Niels Bohr International Academy strives to attract the best and the brightest by providing the environment to enable curiosity-driven breakthrough research in the physical sciences and mathematics. The Academy hosts numerous workshops, symposia and PhD-schools every year, as well as a number of outreach activities, including an annual series of public lectures. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Included Benefits: 

Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Copenhagen receive a competitive salary (including pension) and funds for travel and computing. Generous parental leave, state-subsidized childcare, vacation, and full medical care are provided to employees in Denmark. A favorable tax scheme is generally granted to international researchers.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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