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Deadline: 2013-12-01
Location: Leiden, The Netherlands

PostDoc Position on Numerical MHD simulations of Accreting Neutron Stars at Leiden Observatory

Applications are invited for a 3-yr Postdoctoral Research Position at the Leiden Observatory (Leiden University) to work in the new “Compact Objects” group of Dr. Alessandro Patruno. The main target of this position is to integrate theoretical models with numerical computations to study the magnetic field evolution of accreting neutron stars. Candidates with previous experience of magneto-hydrodynamic simulations are particularly encouraged to apply, although we are interested in any motivated candidate working in a field related to theoretical and/or numerical astrophysics. Successful candidates will have access to our computing facilities at Leiden Observatory and will have also the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other leading groups in the field. In particular two visits are planned (within the 3 years): one at Cornell University with prof. Marina Romanova and her group and one at the University of Bonn with Dr. Jon Braithwaite and the stellar astrophysics group. The nominal starting date is April 1, 2014, but different starting dates are possible and negotiable. The position is fully funded for three years. Please submit applications electronically at: by December 1, 2013. The application should include a CV, a brief research statement (max 3 pages), list of publications, a cover letter and the contact information of three referees.

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Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world. With about 25 faculty, over 40 postdoctoral associates and about 75 PhD students it is the largest astronomy department in theNetherlands. Leiden is a charming university town with an international flair. Most Leiden researchers have an international background. English is the common language. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Alessandro Patruno at patruno[AT] and visit the website Included Benefits: Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits

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