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Deadline: 2016-09-01
Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands

PhD position in Astrostatistics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Astrostatistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The position is joint between the stochastics group of Eric Cator and the astrophysics group of Gijs Nelemans. The aim of the project is to develop, study and use statistical tools to optimally compare models for the evolution of massive binaries into double neutron stars and black holes, to a wide range of (inhomogeneous) observational data. With these tools we want to determine or constrain the outcome of various uncertain evolutionary processes and validate the model. We also want to develop statistical theory for these new tools in this challenging setting.

We are looking for a MSc student with a strong background in mathematics/statistics and an interest in astrophysics. The research takes place within the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics and the PhD student is expected to be involved both in the department of Astrophysics and in the Applied Stochastics group within the department of Mathematics. The PhD student is expected to dedicate 10% if her/his time to teaching assistance, most likely in mathematics.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Cator (E.Cator[AT]science.ru.nl) or Gijs Nelemans (nelemans[AT]astro.ru.nl)

To apply, email a cover/motivation letter and CV to secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Also please arrange for 3 letters of references
(PDFs) to be emailed to secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by September 1st, 2016 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.