ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in stellar black hole binary formation and dynamics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Università degli Studi di Padova
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

We invite applications for several postdoctoral research positions funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant DEMOBLACK led by Dr. Michela Mapelli. The DEMOBLACK team will investigate the formation channels of merging stellar black hole binaries in the field and in star clusters, by means of population synthesis and dynamical simulations.

We are seeking ambitious, highly-qualified postdoctoral researchers with experience in any of the following areas:
1- binary population synthesis codes and massive star evolution;
2- direct N-body simulations of star clusters and black hole dynamics (using nbody6 or similar codes);
3- adaptive mesh refinement simulations and/or smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations of star cluster formation;
4- model selection techniques and Bayesian analysis (possibly applied to gravitational-wave data).

Successful candidates will join an active research team, working in the vibrant research environment of the University of Padova and of the Padova Astronomical Observatory. Enquiries about the scientific project can be addressed to Michela Mapelli: [email protected]
More details about the research group can be found at
The earliest possible starting date is September 2018, but later dates are possible. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, or equivalent degree), or are expected to obtain their Ph.D. by the time of the appointment. The appointments are for 2 years, with a possible extension up to 5 years depending on performance. Gross salaries range approximately from 28000 to 63000 EUR/year, depending on experience, more than adequate for local costs of living. Generous travel funds are available.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (maximum 3 pages), complete list of publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Michela Mapelli, [email protected]. Applications sent by May 15 2018 will receive full consideration. Applications after this date are still welcome until the positions are filled.
Women, Minorities, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Apr 10
Application Deadline
2018 May 15


Michela Mapelli