22. september 2020

PhD studentships in astrophysics

PhD studentships:

DARK, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen are offering several PhD studentships in transient astrophysics, active galactic nuclei, and/or cosmology. Candidates interested in active galactic nuclei should commence ca. April-June 2021. All other candidates are to commence on a date agreed upon.

DARK crew

About DARK
DARK's areas of research include, but are not limited to: theoretical and observational investigations of dark matter and dark energy, quasars, black holes, supernovae, cosmic dust, particle astrophysics, and gravitational lensing. Several new initiatives focus specifically on the theory and observations of astrophysical transients, including gravitational waves. You can read more about DARK here: http://dark.nbi.ku.dk

Project description
We are looking for talented and highly motivated students who are interested in theoretical and observational astrophysics and cosmology, partly in the area of transient or variable sources such as supernovae, tidal disruption events, gravitational waves, kilonovae and active galactic nuclei.

PhD positions are available in the following scientific areas:

  • dust formation and destruction in and around supernovae
  • cosmographic tests of the cosmological metric – implications for understanding cosmic acceleration
  • the nature of gravitationally lensed (or other peculiar) transients/supernovae
  • tidal disruption of stars and other exotic phenomena around supermassive black holes
  • gas and stellar dynamics, supermassive black hole mass measurements, black hole fuelling
  • high-redshift galaxies with James Webb Space Telescope
  • big data analysis and machine learning in large scale astronomical surveys

PhD students will also be trained in paper and proposal writing, transient survey strategies, massive data handling, presentation techniques, and using super-computing facilities. Students will have the possibility to actively engage in transient surveys such as the Pan-STARRS Young Supernova Experiment as well as modern observational facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the ESO Very Large Telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, and future facilities such as the James Webb Space Telescope, Vera C. Rubin Observatory / Legacy Survey of Space and Time, Euclid, or the Nordic Optical Telescope Transient Explorer. PhD students will have guaranteed access to a high-performance computing cluster, fully reserved to DARK scientists.   

The principal supervisors are professors Christa Gall, Jens Hjorth and Marianne Vestergaard. Candidates interested in active galactic nuclei are recommended to contact M. Vestergaard before applying. PhD students at DARK have the opportunity to also work with DARK’s other senior or post-doctoral researchers, as well as many international collaborators. For more about DARK’s staff, see https://dark.nbi.ku.dk/people/

Job description
The positions are available for 3–5 years depending on the seniority of the student. The key tasks of a PhD student are to:

  • manage and carry out research projects
  • attend PhD courses
  • write scientific articles and PhD thesis
  • disseminate their research
  • conduct an extended stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • help teach bachelor and master student courses

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2020, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

 Read more and apply here >>