As a part of Prague Doctoral Program we seek 1-2 PhD students to work on topics related to the ERC Starting Grant “Catastrophic interactions of binary stars and the associated transients” (Cat-In-hAT). The work will focus on understanding the theory and observational implications of two merging stars, including neutron stars. Depending on the interests of the student, the work could focus on transients from stellar collisions, (magneto)hydrodynamical evolution of merger products, production of dust and molecules, and understanding the observational counterparts (blue stragglers, R CrB stars, FK Com stars, eta Car, progenitor of SN1987A, GW170817, etc.). The work can utilize existing codes or codes under development in the group: 1D stellar evolution, multidimensional low-Mach number magnetohydrodynamics, moving mesh radiation hydrodynamics, or N-body calculations. In addition, the group is a member of All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae, and the thesis can include significant observational or data analysis component.
Postdoctoral Research Positions in Computational Astrophysics
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the area of computational astrophysics in the research group of Dr. Ondřej 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). The work will be performed within the project “Cat-In-hAT” funded by the ERC Starting Grant.
The position is initially for one year, renewable for up to three years, based on performance.
Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, computational physics, or a related field by the start date of the appointment. The position includes competitive salary and research budget comparable to international fellowships.
Application instructions: please submit CV, list of publications, statement on past research and future interests to email@example.com February 29 2020. Please arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be delivered to the same email address. Applications will be reviewed immediately as they come and the position will remain open until filled.
Included Benefits: Full Charles University employee benefits: health insurance (no or very small co-pays), 25 vacation days, 3 sick days, contributions to state pension fund, subsidized meals, parental leave, discounts for sports & wellness, Czech language classes, etc.
I am looking for Bachelor & Master students. Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of possible topics:
Dynamical perturbations of triple stellar and planetary systems seen in gravitational waves with LISA
Looking over the cliff: when do close binary stars merge?
Combining astrometry a variability information from the Gaia satellite
Radiation transport on exploding background and applications to supernovae, stellar mergers, and classical novae
Stellar merger model for the progenitor of SN1987A
All topics are related to research of current interest supported by grants and should result in one or more scientific papers. The thesis topic is always finalized upon discussions with the student. The methods of work include semi-analytic calculations, (radiation) hydrodynamics, and statistical analysis of data.
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