The Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a
post-doctoral researcher (m/f/d) in the area of protoplanetary discs
joining an ERC-funded research project at the MHD and Turbulence Section.
Advertised Position / Requirements – We are seeking for a highly motivated, talented individual, who will be part of an ERC-funded research project at the interface of theoretical astrophysics , astrochemistry and (sub-)mm/IR astronomy. Motivated by understanding the environments in which planets form, the ambitious research project encompasses theoretical, numerical and observational aspects of accretion physics in the context of poorly ionised and, at the same time, self-gravitating protoplanetary discs. Candidates with overlapping interests in the areas of astrophysical fluid dynamics (notably including the effect of gas self-gravity) and MHD / dynamo theory, are particularly encouraged to apply. Existing skills in high performance computing (CPU/GPU) will be considered valuable assets.
The position is available for initially two years; an extension to three years is foreseen as the default option, but will nevertheless be subject to the individual’s satisfactory performance. Applicants are required to hold a PhD degree in astrophysics, and should have demonstrated an independent approach to identifying and tackling relevant scientific questions in their subject area. A solid foundation of astrophysics in general, as well as good English skills (written and spoken) are essential. An existing background in the research area of star formation / protoplanetary disks will be considered advantageous.
The nominal starting date is November 2023, but individual arrangements will be possible.