ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat de Barcelona
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE01/06/2022 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Barcelona
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK35
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2022
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEHE / ERC
We are offering a 3-year post-doctoral position in time-domain astronomy at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), Spain. The postdoctoral researcher will join the research group led by Dr. Nadejda Blagorodnova, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Project CET-3PO.
The group research will focus on the study of the common envelope phase in massive binaries with observations of luminous red novae (LRNe) transients, their progenitors, and their precursor emission. As a member of the research group, the postdoctoral researcher will have privileged access to data and observational resources from the BlackGEM survey partnership, and will be involved in the large international collaborations of Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration (LSST), and ZTF.
The first year of the position will primarily focus on: 1) identification of likely LRNe progenitors in nearby galaxies, and 2) development and optimization of selection strategies for the early detection of LRNe and their precursors from alerts issued by LSST, BlackGEM and ZTF transient surveys. Subsequent research will focus on the coordinated follow-up of LRNe and other astrophysical transients (depending on the interests of the candidate), and the observational multi-wavelength study exploiting the early scientific results of the surveys. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take part in the supervision of master students and/or PhD students.
Applicants must have a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields, or be on track to obtain it by the time the contract starts. Previous experience in observational astronomy, computational astronomy, astrostatistics, or large transient surveys would be appreciated. Positions can start as early as October 2022, but no later than January 2023. Gross annual salary will be in the range of 40 to 46 k€, depending on experience, with included social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children. A generous research and travel allowance is also provided.
Applications should be in English, and must include the following:
- Publication list
- Statement of research interests (max 3 pages)
- Two letters of reference. These should be sent directly to email@example.com
CET3PO CODI RN002256250422
The review process will start immediately, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.
We regard diversity as an asset within a team, and welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center hosting a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.
Common Envelope Transients – Progenitors, Precursors, and Properties of their Outbursts
Nadejda Blagorodnova Mujortova
Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics
Gross salary per year*
40 – 46 k€
Suitability of the CV (max 50 points)
PhD in astronomy (30), other discipline (10)
Motivation letter (30)
Experience in the time-domain astronomy >3 years (15 points), <3 years (5 points)
Duration of the contract of employment: 3 years
The candidate proposed for hiring must accept the job offer within 10 working days from the date of notification of the selection.
Priority will be given to people with disabilities (Law 89/2015 of June 2, reserve of quota 2% in favour of people with disabilities in companies of 50 or more people).
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELAstronomy: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Knowledge of programming in python and collaborative software development will be an advantage.
EURAXESS offer ID: 776933
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