PhD position in Extragalactic Astrophysics

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Universität Hamburg
Department of Physics, Hamburg Observatory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

We invite applications for one PhD position in extragalactic astrophysics at Hamburg Observatory (Universität Hamburg; UHH) within the new DFG-funded Emmy Noether Research Group led by Dr. Jan-Torge Schindler.  

The group studies the formation of growing supermassive black holes (SMBHs) and their subsequent evolution in the early Universe. In order to address these science questions we use wide-area photometric surveys to discover new quasars at high redshift (using Euclid, LSST, data mining, machine learning, spectroscopy), conduct follow-up observations to characterise them (with optical, near-infrared, and sub-mm observations, spectroscopic modelling) and analyse their demographics (e.g., luminosity function, mass function using statistical inference).

We are looking for a PhD student with a keen interest in these topics and the high redshift Universe in general.

The position is available from January 1st 2024 (or later) for a fixed term of 3 years (with a possible extension of +1 year).

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, or equivalent at the time of starting the PhD. The position requires excellent English proficiency, good communication and team skills. Knowledge in extragalactic astrophysics and proficiency in coding (e.g., with python) are additional assets.

For further information and the online-application submission portal,
please follow the link to the UHH job posting (application deadline Sep 15th 2023):

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

This position will be on a part time (75%) standard German work contract (including full health and social benefits). Remuneration is according to the German public service scale (TVL-E13).

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Jul 28
Application Deadline
2023 Sep 15
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Jan-Torge Schindler