PhD student fellowship in Warsaw

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Number of Positions Available
4 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)


Job Description

The Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics PAS invites applications for PhD student fellowship at the CTP PAS, financed from the project MAESTRO 15 Dynamics of processes around compact stars funded by National Science Center (grant registration number: UMO 2023/50/A/ST9/00527). PI of the project is Prof. dr hab. Agnieszka Janiuk.

The aim of the project is to study accretion flows around compact stars, such as black holes and neutron stars. Using numerical computer simulations, a model of the accretion disk instability driven by a dominant radiation pressure (RPI), will be studied. It has been shown that in RPI, a selfregulated process leads to cyclic oscillations of disk temperature, density and luminosity in the unstable parts, which can be modeled numerically . The development of the dynamical model specifically addressed to accreting stellar mass black holes (Janiuk et al. 2002) was motivated by discovery of the seminal source, microquasar GRS 1915+105. Later on, subsequently found other microquasars have proven to be subject to RPI (Sukova et al. 2016). In the context of supermassive black holes, statistical studies were used (Czerny et al. 2009) to shed light on the problem. Most recently, however, a new class of sources called changinglook (CL) AGN are observed, where the tentative timescales of their eruptions are suggesting the RPI in action (Miniutti et al. 2019). Most recently, neutron stars have been invoked in this context as well (Vincentelli et al. 2023).

The scope of work of the successful Candidate within the project will be on development of numerical simulations and analysis of observational data related to the radiation pressure instability driven flares in accreting compact stars.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Compensation Notes

Social benefits, Multi-sport program, Health insurance

Application Details

Application Instructions
We expect the candidates to have:
– Master’s degree in physics or astronomy,
– Good theoretical and numerical background.
– interest in fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics,
– independence and creativity in solving problems.
– knowledge of astronomical data reduction and analysis (X–ray spectroscopy and polarimetry) will be a plus.
The application must include:

The scientific CV, including the progress in the university studies, scientific achievements (publications, participation in research projects and conferences), with the clause “I agree to the processing of my personal data contained in the application documents for the purposes necessary for the implementation of the process recruitment by the doctoral school GeoPlanet“.
Cover letter.
A copy of the master’s degree diploma, or a statement from the Candidate’s MSc Advisor about the planned date of diploma obtaining
Copies of documents confirming scientific or professional achievements.
Two letters of recommendation from a researcher with at least a PhD degree, concerning the candidate and his/her current scientific activity.
Application for admission to the Geoplanet doctoral school.

The application should be submitted electronically to the email [email protected] between 2024–04–03 and 2024–05–31. In the e–mail’s title please add the reference number: AJ/04/2024. Selected Candidates will be invited to an interview
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 22
Application Deadline
2024 May 31
Reference Code


Agnieszka Janiuk