PhD position in X-ray astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany
Department Name: 
Galaxies and Quasars/X-ray astronomy
Street Line 1: 
An der Sternwarte 16
Job Announcement Text: 

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a PhD position in the area of X-ray astronomy and close supermassive black hole binaries.

The focus of the offered PhD project will be to analyze new proprietary XMM-Newton data on supermassive black hole binary candidates. The binary candidates are selected from the regular all-sky scans of the eROSITA X-ray telescope. This instrument is currently revolutionizing X-ray astronomy. In its first year of observations, eROSITA already discovered more X-ray sources than have been discovered in the previous 60 years of X-ray astronomy. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Mirko Krumpe and will be a member of the eROSITA consortium.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in astrophysics or a related discipline at the time of starting the position. Applicants are expected to have some experience in scientific coding (preferentially with python). The following skills would be advantageous for the position: experience in observational astronomy and its data analysis (e.g., X-ray, optical), knowledge of extragalactic astrophysics (e.g., AGN), and good English skills. We aim to fill this position by February 2022. The project is funded for 3 years. The salary will be based on the German public service scale (66% TV-L E13).

Applications for the position should be submitted as a single pdf to [email protected] containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, your Master degree certificate (or equivalent), a link to your Master thesis, and a statement of previous research experience, the latter not exceeding 2 pages. Applicants should also provide the contact information for two reference letter writers. All applications received by September 30, 2021 will be given full consideration.

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Included Benefits: 

Benefits include employer contributions to medical and dental insurance, maternity leave, and retirement benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, October 25, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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PhD position in X-ray astronomy