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Vacancies: Postdoctoral and PhD positions in theoretical and computational High-Energy Astrophysics

The Astronomy & Astrophysics Section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering a postdoctoral fellowship and a PhD scholarship for research on theoretical and computational astrophysics in the group of Dr. Jonathan Mackey. The project, “High-Energy Radiation from Interaction Supernovae”, is funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) Laureate Awards programme and will investigate particle acceleration and high-energy radiation processes in stellar-wind bubbles, in supernovae interacting with dense stellar winds, and in young supernova remnants. Successful candidates will work with Jonathan Mackey and existing group members, and will have the opportunity to collaborate locally and internationally within the H.E.S.S. collaboration, the CTA Consortium, and with Prof. Aharonian and colleagues.

PhD Scholarship:

The PhD student will receive a stipend, university registration fees, computer equipment needed for work, and a travel allowance for collaboration and presenting research at conferences. Funding is available for 4 years subject to satisfactory progress. The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematical or Computational Physics, a keen interest in theoretical and computational astrophysics, an aptitude for computer programming, a strong mathematics background, and excellent written and spoken English language skills. She/He will have access to supercomputing time in Ireland and other European supercomputing centres, and will have the opportunity to join the H.E.S.S. collaboration. The project will include a visit abroad to develop collaborations during the PhD. Start date is negotiable, probably September 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a salary (plus generous pension and social insurance contributions), computer equipment needed for work, and a travel allowance. This is a fixed term position for circa 3 years, including an inital probationary period. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, or closely related field, ideally with experience of research in theoretical and computational High-Energy Astrophysics. She/He will have demonstrated excellent mathematical and computational skills, be strongly self-motivated and able to conduct independent research as part of a team, have experience using high-performance computing facilities and analysing large datasets, and have excellent written and spoken English language skills. Access to supercomputing time in Ireland and other European supercomputing centres will be available. Membership of the H.E.S.S. collaboration will be provided for, including travel to collaboration meetings. The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with the PhD student on aspects of this project and will contribute to the mentoring of the student. Start date should be in the 2nd half of 2019.

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including a publication list, plus a statement of research interests and career goals (both as PDF documents), and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by email to Anne Grace (mailto:ag@cp.dias.ie). Informal scientific enquiries about the positions may be directed to Jonathan Mackey (mailto:jmackey@cp.dias.ie), and submission enquiries may be made to Anne Grace (mailto:ag@cp.dias.ie).

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is an equal opportunities employer.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th February 2019 at 5pm GMT.

More info:
Jonathan Mackey’s webpage: https://homepages.dias.ie/jmackey/
DIAS Astronomy & Astrophysics: https://www.dias.ie/cp/astro/https://www.dias.ie/cp/astro/
Irish Research Council Laureate Awards: http://research.ie/funding/ircla/?f=principal-investigator-led
H.E.S.S.: https://www.mpi-hd.mpg.de/hfm/HESS/pages/home/som/2018/03/