7. maj 2020

PhD fellow in Astronomical Instrumentation

The Cosmic DAWN Center at The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Astronomical Instrumentation commencing 15 august 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the Cosmic DAWN Center

DAWN is a center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen and at the Space division of the Danish Technical University (DTU-Space).  The center brings together experts in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations.  

For more information on the Center's activities and researchers, please see http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk

Project description
A PhD project is offered that will involve the student in the optical testing, assembly, alignment and observatory installation of the NOT Transient Explorer (NTE, https://nte.nbi.ku.dk/) at the Nordic Optical Telescope. The student will also work on an experiment that will characterize the IR background, especially to determine the continuum background in the NIR spectral range.

The NTE is an innovative new instrument that will allow very fast (1-2 minutes) follow-up observations of cosmic transients both with spectroscopy covering the full UV-to-nearIR range and imaging covering the full range from the U-band to the K-band. The prime science goal is to secure spectroscopic observations of the prompt optical flash from a gamma-ray burst. Besides transient sources the instrument will also be very powerful for observations of quasars and stellar sources. 

The ideal applicant has a strong background in instrumentation with knowledge of optics and electronics within the field of astronomical instrumentation.

Principal supervisor is Professor Johan Peter Uldall FynboHead of Section, Cosmic DAWN Center, jfynbo@nbi.ku.dkDirect Phone: 28755983.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

Read more about the position and apply here >>