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Several PhD Positions in Solar System Science at MPS Göttingen, starting dates in 2017

The Solar System School invites applications for PhD positions in Solar System Science. Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2016.

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen (“Solar System School“) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.

Research at the MPS covers three main areas:

Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD program in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.

The language of the structured graduate program is English, with complimentary German language courses offered (optional). The program includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides relocation costs and travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

Review of applications for a starting date of September 2017 will begin on 15 November 2016, but other starting times are also negotiable. The positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit the following documents through the online application portal between 1 October and 15 November 2016:

  • an application form to be filled online, including two short texts describing the applicant’s scientific interests and their motivation to apply for PhD projects in the Solar System School, along with the applicant’s choice of up to three PhD projects;
  • a curriculum vitae in pdf format;
  • degree certificates and full transcripts of all academic records: i.e. scanned copies of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree certificates (or equivalent), and lists of all courses with credits and grades issued by the respective school or university, with English or German translations;
  • contact details for two or more referees who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. The referees will be contacted by the School and will be asked to submit their letters through the online portal no later than November 20 2016.

It is highly recommended to also submit

  • certificate to prove proficiency in the English language, for candidates whose native language is not English or German (e.g. transcript of TOEFL / IELTS scores or equivalent);
  • GRE Physics test scores or equivalent for candidates who have obtained their Master’s degree at a university outside of Europe.

The Solar System School is committed to diversity. The MPS is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on providing career opportunities for women. Applications of handicapped persons are encouraged and will be favored in case of comparable qualifications.

To apply, please register then login at the Online application portal.

For further information, please see the full Call for applications 2016 for several PhD positions in solar system science, refer to the list of open projects at PhD topics in planetary science, solar physics, helioseismology, asteroseismology and browse the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Please alert suitable candidates to this announcement, and feel free to put the call and poster below on display for your students:

https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/solar-system-school-call-2016.pdf
https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/solar-system-school-poster-2016.pdf

 

Postdoc in gyrochronology and asteroseismology

The “Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution” (SAGE www.mps.mpg.de/sage) independent research group based at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS www.ps.mpg.de) in Göttingen invites experts in gyrochronology and asteroseismology to apply for a postdoctoral position funded by an ERC starting grant. The position is for 2 years starting October 1, 2016 or earlier. Payment and benefits are according to German TVÖD.

The Position

The SAGE research group is a vibrant and young group consisting of experts in asteroseismology, stellar evolution, Milky Way structure and computer science. The group now seeks an expert in gyrochronology and asteroseismology to derive (differential) rotational profiles and ages of main-sequence stars, subgiants and red-giant stars in the framework of the ERC starting grant “Stellar Ages”. For further information and inquiries about this project please contact Saskia Hekker (Hekker_at_mps.mpg.de).

Your profile

We seek a motivated candidate with a PhD in astronomy and knowledge and skills in gyrochronology and asteroseismology. Applicants should have published research results in high-impact journals, demonstrated creativity, independence, high motivation, good communication skills, and has the ability to work independently as well as with other members of our research group.

Your application

Please send your application including
• a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and your motivation to work on the project,
• a CV with a full publication list, and
• names and contacts of two to three references.
The application should be submitted electronically as one file to Saskia Hekker (Hekker_at_mps.mpg.de) with “Job application ERC-Gyro” in the subject line. Applications received by July 1, 2016 will receive full consideration. Review of the applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Closing Date: 01.07.2016

Contact:  Saskia Hekker, hekker_at_mps.mpg.de

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Justus-von-Liebig Weg 3
37077 Göttingen
Germany

SAGE group, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Goettingen, Germany

PhD Positions in Solar System Science at MPS Göttingen

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.

The Solar System School invites applications for several PhD positions, including projects in asteroseismology, helioseismology and solar physics.

The scientific topics in solar physics/heliophysics and solar and stellar interiors range from the Sun’s interior and subsurface dynamics investigated via global and local helioseismology (Gizon, Duvall, Birch, Schou) to the asteroseismology of solar-like and evolved stars (Hekker), and include among other things the investigations of  solar magnetic fields and the multitude of dynamic solar features (Solanki and others).

Deadline: 15 November 2015
Apply online:  https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/applynow

Call for pre-applications for FCT Postdoc Fellowships at IA Portugal

The Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) opened a call for Post-Doctoral fellowships. The positions are for up  6 years for Post-Doctoral applications. The selection is done by FCT.  The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) welcomes pre-applications until April 28th, 2015.

Specific applications from candidates  with expertise relevant for the thematic line on “Towards a Comprehensive Study of Stars“, including Helio and Asteroseismology are very much welcome and solicited.

This is a very competitive annual call by FCT for postdoc fellowship. Candidates with a highly competitive CV are welcome to submit a pre-application. If you need further details regarding the topics on stars,   please contact the thematic line leader Mario Monteiro                         (mario.monteiro@astro.up.pt).

Details can also be found at official announcement by IA.

Research Fellowship in the Field of Astero- and Helio-Seismology

The Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for one Research Fellowship (young researcher, for 9 months) to work in solar and stellar physics including the exploitation of seismic space data. The position is offered with financial support provided by the project ‘Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology (SPACEINN)’ with financial support provided by European Commission. The researcher will be integrated in the team “Origin and Evolution of Stars and Planets” of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).

Deadline: 30th of April 2015.

1 Postdoctoral and 1 PhD positions in stellar magnetohydrodynamics at CEA, Saclay, France

Closing Date: 31.06.2015

Job opening for one post-doctoral and one PhD positions in MHD of stellar interiors, tidal interactions in stellar systems, and dynamical stellar evolution in Service d’Astrophysique at CEA Saclay (France) in support of the ERC project SPIRE

We invite applications for one 4-year post-doctoral position and one 3-year PhD position in stellar magnetohydrodynamics, dynamical stellar evolution and ab-initio modelling of tidal interactions in star-planet and multiple star systems in support of the European ERC-CoG project SPIRE (Stars: dynamical Processes driving tidal Interactions, Rotation and Evolution).

The objective of the project is to contribute to interpret new ground breaking high-resolution observations provided by asteroseismology on stellar interiors and their dynamics and planetary system discoveries and characterization (e.g. CoRoT and Kepler and in a near future CHEOPS, TESS, SPIRou, PLATO). To reach this ambitious objective, it is necessary to develop now new frontier theoretical and numerical long-term evolution models of rotating magnetic stars and of their systems. In this framework, the members of the SPIRE project will develop new state-of-the-art equations, prescriptions, and scaling laws that describe coherently dynamical mechanisms that transport angular momentum and drive tidal dissipation in stars using advanced ab-initio semi-analytical modelling and numerical simulations. They will be implemented in the new generation dynamical stellar evolution code STAREVOL and N-body code ESPER to provide realistic integrated and coupled models for the long-term evolution of stars and of their systems, which cannot be directly simulated in 3D yet.

The positions will be held in Service d’Astrophysique (SAp) at CEA-Saclay (France). SAp is a world class astrophysical and space science department with more than 180 faculty and staff members, studying stellar and planetary physics, astrophysical fluid and plasma dynamics, planets and stars formation, high energy astrophysics, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, cosmology. The PI of the SPIRE project, Dr. S. Mathis, is permanent researcher in the Laboratory of Dynamics of Stars and their Environment. The team hosts recognized experts in stellar systems who carry research at the forefront of their theoretical and numerical modelling and characterization thanks to asteroseismology. CEA possesses large computer facilities and expertise that represent a strong asset for the development of (MHD) numerical simulations and advanced stellar modelling.

The growing SPIRE team focuses mostly on ab-initio semi-analytical and numerical modelling of the exchanges of angular momentum within stars and their planetary systems and of their impact on their evolution. The successful candidates will benefit from our existing and productive scientific national and international collaborations in stellar and planetary physics, in the study of Star-Planet Interactions, and in fluid dynamics.

The positions:

Position A 3-year PhD position in stellar magnetohydrodynamics: the successful candidate will collaborate with the PI, Dr. A.-S. Brun and members of the SPIRE project to establish new semi-analytical and numerical models of the excitation, propagation, and damping/resonances/instabilities of internal gravity waves in differentially rotating magnetic stars along their evolution. Obtained equations, prescriptions and scaling laws will be implemented in complete 2D secular transport equations for angular momentum, heat and chemicals in stars, which will be implemented in the dynamical stellar evolution code STAREVOL used by SPIRE members. Applicants should have a Master in astrophysics, geophysics, fluid dynamics or plasma physics.

Position B 4-year post-doc position in modelling tidal flows and their dissipation in stars: the successful candidate will collaborate with the PI and the members of the team to establish new ab-initio semi-analytical and numerical models of tidal torques/dissipation in rotating magnetic stars. She/he will study tidally excited magneto-gravito-inertial waves and their interactions with mean flows, turbulence and magnetic fields in stellar interiors. She/he will contribute to provide prescriptions and scaling laws that will be implemented in STAREVOL and ESPER. The required profile is a candidate with a strong background in theoretical and numerical astrophysical/geophysical fluid dynamics or/and stellar/planetary physics.

For the post-doc position, applicants should have a PhD in astrophysical/geophysical fluid dynamics, theoretical stellar or planetary physics, fluid mechanics or plasma physics. They should have a very good record of research and publications and real interest in theoretical and numerical astrophysics, fluid dynamics and applied mathematics.

These positions funded for at least 3 years (and up to 4 years) by the European Commission via the grant ERC-CoG SPIRE will be reniewed on a yearly basis depending on scientific progress and achievement. The salary will be commensurate to the competitive standard scale for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at CEA. A minimum of 5,000 Euros per year of travel money for each position will also be provided, in addition to the usual funding support of any French institution.

The preferred starting date is 1 September 2015, but can be discussed depending on the availability of selected candidates. Candidates are thus requested to indicate their preferred starting date in their application.

The application for the PhD position must include
– A Curriculum Vitae
– A letter detailing your motivation and qualifications for the position (maximum 1 page)
– Two letters of references. The letters are to be submitted separately to Dr. Stéphane Mathis.

The application for the post-doctoral position must include
– A Curriculum Vitae including publication list
– A statement of research experience, interests and future plans (maximum 3 pages)
– A letter detailing your motivation and qualifications for the position and your career objectives (maximum 1 page)
– Three letters of references. The letters are to be submitted separately to Dr. Stéphane Mathis.

Applications sent before 15 May 2015 for the post-doctoral positions and before 20 April 2015 for the PhD position will be given top priority but applications will be considered until positions are filled.

Laboratory Dynamics of Stars and their Environment CEA/DSM/IRFU/SAp & UMR AIM Paris-Saclay
CEA, Saclay, France
Please contact: stephane.mathis@cea.fr

CAUP Postdoc Fellowship in the field of Astero and Helio-Seismology

Ref: CAUP2014-10UnI-BPD

Type and duration: 12 months (with possible renewal for a second year)

Project: Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology (SPACEINN – FP7-SPACE-2012-312844)

The Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for one Postdoc Fellowship to work in the thematic line on Towards a Comprehensive Study of Stars. The position is offered with funds provided by the project ‘Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology (SPACEINN FP7-SPACE-2012-312844)’ with financial support provided by European Commission.

The position is to be started by the end of 2014, and no later than January 2015, for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and the funds available in the project.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue research in the development of asteroseismic diagnostic tools and their application to real data. Other topics associated with CAUP contribution to SPACEINN may also be considered. Previous expertise in stellar physics, seismic interpretation of stellar data and stellar modeling is welcomed. The fellow will also be involved in the other activities and deliverables of SPACEINN to be implemented by CAUP, namely within Work-Package 6 (Training, Outreach & Dissemination).

According to the rules of the National Science Foundation FCT, the yearly income is 17940,00 euro (tax free).

Application:

The application should include the following:

  • Cover letter/e-mail with a brief description of the candidate’s experience and motivation;
  • Short Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages) including a list of previous research experience, description of relevant competencies/experience and possible relevant scientific publications (up to 1 additional page);
  • Name and contact details (position, email, address) of two referees, available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if considered necessary).

Selection Criteria:

The applicant must have completed a PhD degree in astronomy or a related field (physics, mathematics, etc) in a topic relevant for the SPACEINN project. Only applications from candidates having an adequate experience will be considered.

A short-list of candidates will be defined in the first stage of the evaluation based on the submitted application. The short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview at CAUP for the second stage of the evaluation. If necessary the interview will be done by video- or tele- conference. The contracts will then be offered according to the ordering proposed by the selection committee.

For inquires please contact Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro.
The deadline for application is the 30th of September 2014.
The positions will be granted only if suitable candidates are found.

Selection Committee

  • Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro (Chair)
  • Margarida S. Cunha
  • Nuno C. Santos

CAUP Research Fellowship in the field of Astero and Helio-Seismology

Reference: CAUP2014-11UnF-BI

Type and duration: 12 months (ER – postgraduate student)

Project: Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology (SPACEINN – FP7-SPACE-2012-312844)

The Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) opens a call for one Research Fellowship to work in the thematic line on Towards a Comprehensive Study of Stars. The position is offered with funds provided by the project ‘Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology (SPACEINN FP7-SPACE-2012-312844)’ with financial support provided by European Commission.

The position is to be started by the end of 2014, for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and the funds available from the project.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue research in the development of asteroseismic diagnostic tools and their application to real data. Preference will be given to MSc or PhD students working on some of the projects proposed by the team members and associated to the SPACEINN deliverables. Other topics associated with CAUP contribution to SPACEINN may also be considered. The fellow will also be involved in the other activities and deliverables of SPACEIIN to be implemented by CAUP, namely within Work-Package 6.

According to the rules of the National Science Foundation FCT, the yearly income is 8940,00 euro, for students without a MSc (tax free) or 11760,00 euro, for students with a MSc (tax free).

Application: The application, should include the following (1) Cover letter/e-mail with a brief description of the candidate’s experience and motivation; (2) Short Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages) including a list of previous research experience, description of relevant competencies/experience and possible relevant scientific publications (up to 1 additional page); (3) Name and contact details (position, email, address) of two referees, available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if considered necessary).

Selection Criteria: The applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in astronomy or a related field (physics, mathematics, etc). Only applications from candidates having an adequate background in Astronomy, Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics, or other relevant domains, will be considered.

A short-list of candidates will be defined in the first stage of the evaluation based on the application submitted by email. The short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview at CAUP for the second stage of the evaluation. If necessary the interview will be done by video- or tele-conference. The contract will then be offered according to the ordering proposed by the selection committee.

For inquires please contact Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro.

The deadline for application is the 9th of September 2014.

The positions will be granted only if suitable candidates are found.

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Selection Committee: Mário J. P. F. G. Monteiro (Chair), Margarida S. Cunha, Nuno C. Santos

Please see the official announcement at CAUP website for details and for submitting the application.

SPACEINN Postdoctoral Position in Helioseismology

Closing Date: October 15, 2013

 

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Goettingen, Germany, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the framework of EU FP7 Collaborative Project “Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology” (SPACEINN) comprising 17 international research institutions. The position is available immediately for a period of ca. three years. The ideal candidate is an active researcher in helioseismology familiar with SDO/HMI observations. Applications should include a CV and a short statement of research interests. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Gizon@mps.mpg.de with the mention “SPACEINN Job” in the subject line. Applications received by 15 September 2013 will receive full consideration. Remuneration of postdoctoral scientists at the MPS is according to the German public salary scale TVoeD. The MPS is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on providing career opportunities for women.

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Please contact: Gizon@mps.mpg.de

Postdoctoral Scientist on Helioseismology at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany

Closing Date: September 30, 2013

Ref: PostDoc (SpaceInn)

Applications are invited for the full-time position of a post-doctoral scientist at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg, Germany. The position will be part of the collaborative project “Exploitation of Space Data for Innovative Helio- and Asteroseismology – SpaceInn” which is funded under EU’s Framework Programme 7 and aims at an optimal use of existing and planned data in helio- and asteroseismology (http://www.spaceinn.eu).

The successful candidate will join the vibrant research group on helio- and asteroseismology led by Dr. Markus Roth within the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik in Freiburg. This research group is currently composed of 2 staff scientists, 3 postdocs, 4 Phd students, 2 master students and a number of visiting scientists.

Based on the existing Fourier-Legendre analysis pipeline for helioseismic data at KIS, the successful candiate will work on improving the parameter estimation of p modes, inversions, and implementing the pipeline at the German data center for SDO hosted at the Max-Planck institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics and research experience in helioseismology. Knowledge of programming computer codes and webinterfaces, as well as of helioseismic inversions are of advantage.

KIS is a Foundation of Public Law of the state of Baden-Württemberg with the mission to perform fundamental astrophysics research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include the Sun, the stars, and advanced instrumention development. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the new 1.5m Gregor solar telescope, to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Further information can be obtained at the institute’s webpage (http://www.kis.uni-freiburg.de/).

KIS is committed to increasing the number of female scientists and therefore encourages
qualified women to apply.

The position is available immediately. Starting date can be negotiated. The initial appointment is for 2 years.

General information:
The employment, salary, and benefits are according to the rules of the “Tarifvertrag für den
öffentlichen Dienst der Länder” (collective agreement for public services of the Federal States). Full-time positions can be shared, if there is no conflict with official and legal reasons.
Severly handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed with preference.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, university degree, PhD certificate, a list of publications, copies of three relevant publications, and a list of three potential referees.

Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously interviewed until the position is filled.

Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
Freiburg, Germany
Please contact: mroth@kis.uni-freiburg.de