Contact:  A.L.Watts[AT]uva.nlLocation:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Neutron Star Theory group at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for an ERC-funded postdoctoral position to work on thermonuclear burst oscillations on accreting neutron stars, to start in Fall 2015. The successful candidate will work in a dedicated project group, led by Dr Anna Watts, with 1-2 other postdoctoral researchers and 2 PhD students. We are seeking candidates with an interest in working on either (a) theoretical studies of the burst oscillation mechanism, or (b) the connection to observations and the data/statistical analysis necessary to fit burst oscillation pulse profiles and recover neutron star mass and radius.
Candidates must have (or expect to obtain by Fall 2015) a PhD in Physics/Astronomy/Applied Mathematics, and have a good research track record in a relevant field. Experience in any of the following areas – fluid dynamics, X-ray timing data, or General Relativity – would be desirable.
Initial appointment will be for 2 years, with a 3rd year available subject to satisfactory performance (evaluated at the end of the 1st year). We offer a competitive salary (on the standard Dutch university scale, which depends on experience). The position comes with funds for travel and computers, and there are opportunities to supervise both Masters and Bachelors research projects.
The Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam is a world leading institute in high-energy astrophysics, with top-rated international research groups in black hole, neutron star and gamma-ray burst research. In addition there are research groups excelling in ground-based observational techniques. the study of stars and stellar evolution, planet formation, and astroparticle physics.
Evaluation of applications (which should comprise a CV including publications, a concise statement of previous research and research interests, and the details of 3 people who can be contacted for letters of recommendation) will start on February 1 and continue until the position has been filled. Application materials should be sent by email to A.L.Watts at uva.nl. Informal enquiries are welcome.
The standard, generous Dutch social benefits apply to this position including collective health insurance, 16 weeks paid maternity leave, childcare subsidies, pension accrual, and several weeks annual paid vacation.