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
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 Fynbo, Head of Section, Cosmic DAWN Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, Direct Phone: 28755983.
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.
The Niels Bohr Institute is part of the faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, and the institute has 5 different addresses in Copenhagen
B15-21 Blegdamsvej: The original institute for physics has 4 teams of scientists besides the management, the administration and technical support. Particle physics, quantum physics, eScience, biophysics and theoretical cosmology.
Vibenshuset, Lyngbyvej 2: Researchers in Astrophysics from the DARK and DAWN groups and the Condensed Matter Physics group.
Tagensvej 16: Here you will find the Physics of Ice Climate and Earth section.
The H. C. Ørsteds Institute at Universitetsparken 5: At this address you will find the nanophysics group and the Center for Quantum Devices.
Geological Museum, Øster Voldgade 5 - 7: At this address you will find the Astrophysics & Planetary Science group.
In spite of these different addresses there is a good contact, and there are many common events.
The scientific employees conduct research, and they also educate the students in astronomy, geophysics, nanoscience and basic physics. Moreover, the institute has a presentation of the research areas and the research results.
The scientists are organised in 10 teams/sections, and in connection with these teams the Niels Bohr Institute has 10 centres. A centre receives an external grant, and so it is possible to employ people for long periods of time.
The Niels Bohr Institute has established "the Niels Bohr International Academy". This academy receives a grant of DKK 10 millions from the Danish state. The purpose of the academy is to attract leading researchers for short - or long periods of time in order to promote and enhance research. "The Niels Bohr International Academy" has i.a. the "Summer Institute" with a strong programme.
In addition, the Niels Bohr Institute has 35 engineers and technicians to assist the scientists with experiments etc. They also maintain the technical infrastructure of the institute. Furthermore, the institute has 35 employeed within the areas of administration, communication, and library.
The staff of the institute has great ambitions and creative curiosity .