Post-doc position follow-up of Fast X-ray Transients

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Mar 2024

We invite applications for a 3 yr post-doc position in astrophysics at Radboud University located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to work within the Department of Astrophysics, specifically the Transients research group led by profs Peter Jonker and Andrew Levan. The group consists of about 15 people. The goal of the research is to determine the nature of Fast X-ray Transients. A leading theory is that they are caused by binary neutron star merger events although supernova shock break-out signals or (rare) tidal disruption events might also be responsible for a sub-set of the events. There is a strong international collaboration with partners including in Chile, Spain, U.K., and the U.S.A., working together towards the goal.

The main observational tools used will be optical and near-infrared photometric and spectroscopic observations. In particular, of new Fast X-ray Transients expected to be discovered with the recently successfully launched Einstein Probe satellite. We anticipate also using the host galaxy properties as determined for instance through Euclid observations. Applicants with a background in the use of these tools are especially encouraged to apply although applications from others, for instance people with a more theoretical background, are also very welcome and will be given full consideration.

The position is open to candidates from any country. You should have obtained a PhD in astrophysics by the starting date. The prospective starting date is September 1, 2024, although this is negotiable.

To apply, please email a succinct cover letter, CV, and a statement of your past research (all pdf) to [email protected] , mentioning “ERC-PD2024” in the subject line. Also, please include the names of 3 people who are willing to write a reference letter. Complete applications received by March 1, 2024 will receive full consideration.

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