2 PhD Positions for the SOUL project at KU Leuven

Job Summary

Category
Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Institution
KU Leuven
Number of Positions Available
1
Work Arrangement
In-Person

Job Description

We invite motivated candidates to apply for PhD and postdoctoral positions as part of the new Centre of Excellence SOUL: Stellar evOlution in fUll gLory, a long-term project receiving structural funds from the Flemish government and awarded to Conny Aerts, Hugues Sana, Leen Decin, and Tom Van Doorsselaere. SOUL bridges the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) and the Centre of mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) of KU Leuven in Belgium andĀ aims to develop 3D models of evolving close binaries and star-planet systems.

The following initial SOUL Positions at KU Leuven are offered:

  1. A 2-year postdoctoral position with prospect of extension up to 4 years on the construction of numerical 3D magnetohydrodynamic models of stellar atmospheres.
  2. A 2-year postdoctoral position with prospect of extension up to 4 years on understanding the gas-phase chemistry and dust nucleation phases in evolved (binary) stars, with a particular focus on Asymptotic Giant Branch stars.
  3. A 2-year postdoctoral position with prospect of extension up to 4 years to lead the efforts to bring new constraints on stellar structure and evolution of massive stars using large observational campaigns.
  4. A 2 + 2-year PhD position building numerical 3D magnetohydrodynamic models for stellar atmospheres in a binary system.
  5. A 2 + 2-year PhD position to join the efforts to bring new constraints on stellar structure and evolution of massive stars using large observational campaigns.
  6. A 2-year software postdoctoral position with prospect of extension up to 4 years to profile and optimise existing scientific software codes, transform the codes to GPU versions, streamline installation of the required software, and lead and manage HPC time applications to supercomputers.

For more information please see the KU Leuven vacancies page

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

All offered contracts will include social and medical insurance as well as pension rights. Working hours for these positions are flexible and the opportunity for partial teleworking is offered. Refund of commuting expenses when using public transport or bicycle are included. The KU Leuven offers access to childcare.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 13
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 25

Inquiries

Name
Prof. Conny Aerts