Second (and final) round of computing cluster expansion is finished. Our group now can use a total of 396 cores in 9 normal nodes (each node two 18-core CPUs and 128 GB RAM) and 1 “fat” node (four 18-core CPUs, 512GB RAM). All nodes are connected with 100 Gbps Infiniband and are accessed through a dedicated login node. Big thanks to cluster administrators for trouble-free experience! Picture on the left courtesy of Oldřich Ulrych.
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.
For application instructions, see Prague Doctoral Program.
Despite worrisome weather at Prague airport, the trip for colloquium at Radboud University was successful. Great discussions about various binary stars!
I am very much honored to receive NF Neuron award for young and promising scientists in Physics for 2019. The award ceremony was fabuluous and the discussion next day entertaining.Continue reading “Neuron awards”
We were visited by Nadia Blagorodnova from Radboud University. We had great conversations about luminous red novae and related astrophysics.
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 research group has access to a dedicated computer cluster and is connected to observational efforts in time-domain astronomy as part of the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 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.
Very happy to be included in my University’s Annual Report as one of the 8 stories in 2018.
Kareem El-Badry from UC Berkeley visited our group. He talked at science coffee about finding black holes in binaries and then gave special seminar on wide binaries in Gaia.
Dominika Hubová learned about theory and simulations of stellar and planetary evolution at the MESA Summer School 2019 at UC Santa Barbara & KITP.