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Two Postdoctoral Positions and two PhD positions on double neutron stars/black holes

Applications are invited for two 2+1 year postdoctoral positions and two PhD positions at Radboud University in the Netherlands to work in the group of Gijs Nelemans on the formation of double neutron stars/black holes. The project aims to use population modelling and data from Gaia, pulsars, supernovae, radio pulsars and gravitational wave detections to constrain the various evolutionary phases.

The successful applicants will work in the following areas (subject to changes based on interest/expertise). PD1: Supernovae/radio pulsars, PD2: Joint EM-GW analysis, PhD1: High-Mass X-ray binaries, PhD2: double NS/BH. The PDs are encouraged to also pursue their own research programs.

The Department of Astrophysics, is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. The vibrant department consists of 13 faculty, ~15 postdocs, ~25 PhD students. Research activities focus on high-energy astrophysics, cosmic-rays, gravitational waves, stellar and binary evolution, clusters and the Milky Way.

The positions are part of the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities, with gross/month salaries of 3000-4300 Euro depending on experience for the post-docs), 2100-2750 Euro for the PhDs.

Previous experience with stellar and binary evolution, supernovae, pulsars or gravitational waves is preferred. The PD applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics, the PhD applicants a MSc. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Gijs Nelemans (nelemans@astro.ru.nl).

To apply, email a cover letter, CV and brief research statement to secr@astro.ru.nl. Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed secr@astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by September 1st, 2016 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

PhD position in Astrostatistics

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Astrostatistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The position is joint between the stochastics group of Eric Cator and the astrophysics group of Gijs Nelemans. The aim of the project is to develop, study and use statistical tools to optimally compare models for the evolution of massive binaries into double neutron stars and black holes, to a wide range of (inhomogeneous) observational data. With these tools we want to determine or constrain the outcome of various uncertain evolutionary processes and validate the model. We also want to develop statistical theory for these new tools in this challenging setting.

We are looking for a MSc student with a strong background in mathematics/statistics and an interest in astrophysics. The research takes place within the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics and the PhD student is expected to be involved both in the department of Astrophysics and in the Applied Stochastics group within the department of Mathematics. The PhD student is expected to dedicate 10% if her/his time to teaching assistance, most likely in mathematics.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Cator (E.Cator@science.ru.nl) or Gijs Nelemans (nelemans@astro.ru.nl)

To apply, email a cover/motivation letter and CV to secr@astro.ru.nl. Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed to secr@astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by September 1st, 2016 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

More information: IMAPP: www.ru.nl/imapp Astrophysics: www.astro.ru.nl Mathematics: www.ru.nl/math/

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Gravitational and Compact Object Astrophysics

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions at Radboud University in the Netherlands to work on gravitational wave astrophysics and/on electromagnetic counterparts. One position is to work directly with Samaya Nissanke and the other is to work jointly with Gijs Nelemans and Samaya Nissanke. The primary responsibilities of the positions are to lead research projects in gravitational wave astrophysics and electromagnetic counterparts. Researchers working in the areas of theory, observation or instrumentation are invited to apply.

The successful applicants will contribute to several current research programs in gravitational wave astronomy in the group of Gijs Nelemans and Samaya Nissanke, and will work within our collaborations with gravitational wave detectors (e.g., Virgo, LIGO) and with high-energy/optical/radio telescopes (e.g., BlackGEM, https://astro.ru.nl/blackgem/; MeerLICHT, http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/meerlicht/MeerLICHT.html; LOFAR, http://www.lofar.org). They will also be encouraged to develop and pursue their own research programs.

In addition, the positions will be integrated into the Department of Astrophysics, which is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. Complementary research activities in the vibrant department are concentrated in the fields of supermassive and stellar-mass black holes, jets, compact binaries, optical and radio transients, stellar and binary evolution, stellar clusters, cosmic-rays and astroparticle physics, and asteroseismology. The department is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), and has access to major (inter)national research facilities (ESO, ESA, LOFAR/WSRT, ING telescopes, etc.), as well as to major computer facilities, either via a local cluster or national supercomputing facilities.

The postdocs will be part of the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities, scale 10 (2500-3900 Euro gross/month, depending on age and experience). Secondary labor benefits such as health insurance, holiday, end-of-year allowances, and a retirement scheme are included.

Previous experience with gravitational wave astrophysics and/or electromagnetic counterparts is preferred but not required. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics on arrival. The appointments are intended for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress and funding. The starting date for the positions would normally start in September 2016 or earlier. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Samaya Nissanke (samaya@astro.ru.nl).

To apply, email a single PDF containing:

  • a cover letter
  • a current CV, and a list of publications
  • a brief (up to 3 pages) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to research on gravitational wave astrophysics and/or electromagnetic counterparts.

Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed to samaya@astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by January 15th, 2016 will receive full consideration. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Radboud Excellence Fellowship

Currently this call for applications is closed.

Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, annually invites applications for the Radboud Excellence Fellowship. The fellowship is for a duration of 2 yrs. The fellowship is for independent research in any of the excellence areas of the university, and in particular, for this call, any topic in astrophysics and astroparticle physics.

The successful fellow will be integrated into the Department of Astrophysics, which is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. The vibrant department consists of 13 faculty, ~15 postdocs, ~25 PhD students. Research activities are concentrated in the fields of supermassive and stellar-mass black holes, jets, compact binaries, optical and radio transients, gravitational-wave and radio astronomy, stellar and binary evolution, stellar clusters, Galactic structure and magnetic fields, cosmic-rays and astroparticle physics, and asteroseismology. The department is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), and has access to major (inter)national research facilities (ESO, ESA, LOFAR/WSRT, ING telescopes, etc.), as well to major computer facilities, either via a local cluster or national supercomputing facilities.

The Radboud Excellence Fellowship is a university-wide initiative, where fellows are expected, apart from their own research, to actively engage in an interdisciplinary/cultural program with fellows in other departments. Radboud University appoints ~20 fellows per year. Applications consist of a two-page work plan, two letters of reference, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications where the applicant is to indicate seven refereed publications in standard scientific journals that (s)he feels most connected to. The candidate must hold a PhD in astronomy or physics, obtained between 2 and 10 years before the closing date of the call.