We invite application for 1-2 postdoctoral positions in the area of computational astrophysics in the research group of Dr. Ondrej Pejcha at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The successful candidates will lead development of new computational abilities to understand multi-dimensional evolution of catastrophic interactions of binary stars (mergers, common envelope, compact objects), and the associated radiation signatures (transients). The work will be performed within the project “Cat-In-hAT” funded by the ERC Starting Grant to our group.
This week I visited Columbia, Princeton/IAS, Stony Brook (Astronomy seminar) and Center for Computational Astrophysics (lunch talk).
Great meeting in Seattle, where I presented a talk on circumstellar material created by merging stars. Great discussions, meeting new people, ideas for projects.
Very happy that Petr Kurfürst moved to Prague to work with us full-time on (radiation) hydrodynamics of transients.
We had a pleasure to host Bernhard Müller from Monash University who gave a special relativistic seminar on “Unravelling the mysteries of exploding massive stars”.
Most of our team moved for couple to Paris to attend two meetings nearly coincident in space and time: Ondřej went to the LISA Astrophysics Working group workshop and Michał attended Gaia consortium meeting. Found a little bit of time to visit the grave of Urbain Le Verrier, one of the discoverers of Neptune.
I briefly visited University of Amsterdam and gave a colloquium on “Cool and luminous outbursts from merging binary stars”. Had a great time.
Michał Pawlak talked about variable stars in ASAS-SN at a seminar at University of Warsaw.
Michał Pawlak talked about ASAS-SN.
Jess McIver from Caltech visited Prague and gave two talks: “Astrophysics with LIGO and gravitational waves” and “Gravitational-wave astrophysics: a new era of discovery”. In addition, she outline some of the problems of contemporary physics including diversity and representation of the population and discussed these issues with the students. The visit was supported by small grant “Role models in physics” from the US Embassy in Prague.