Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Black Hole Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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Job Description

Black holes are some of the most fascinating objects in the universe, whose astrophysical signals emerge from complex interactions between strong gravity and accreting matter. While black holes play a major role in the universe, such as providing feedback on many scales or the launching of relativistic jets that also accelerate high-energy particles, we still lack unambiguous models to interpret our observations. A major challenge is the multi-scale nature of the problem, ranging over orders of magnitude in black hole mass, spectral frequency, and over size from particle level to the dynamics of the large-scale accretion system. The goal of these positions is to develop a better understanding of black hole astrophysics, in order to better integrate these scales for black holes of all masses. 

We invite applications for up to two postdoctoral research positions within the research group of Prof. Sera Markoff, as part of a large European project (ERC SyG) “Blackholistic”, a partnership between the University of Amsterdam, Radboud University in the Netherlands, and the University of Oxford in the UK. The successful candidate(s) will help develop new cutting edge capabilities to model black holes, via either our collaboration’s numerical GRMHD code H-AMR, and/or semi-analytical models, with a focus on understanding jets and forging new new connections between VLBI imaging and multi-wavelength/multi-messenger science.  Preference will be given to candidates who are not only curious and science driven, but who also have strong coding skills and an affinity for creative problem solving. We especially welcome candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the group.

This project is affiliated with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, where we are leading an expansion project to build a new mm-wave dish in Namibia.  While the successful candidate(s) will be based at the University of Amsterdam, they will be working as part of a dynamic, international team, and should be enthusiastic about spending some time at other partner institutes.  

The positions are nominally for 1+2 years contingent on performance, however there is funding available for up to 5 years for one position, particularly for a candidate keen on code development and on playing a more active role in the group leadership.  

Applicants must have a PhD in an Astrophysics-related topic.  The position comes with a competitive salary, as well as generous funding for travel and computer resources.  Interested candidates should submit their applications via the link below, as well as the names and emails of three references. The deadline is 15 January but candidates attending the AAS should mention this in their cover letter, and plan to submit by 5 January, to facilitate potential interview chats at the meeting. 

The Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy (API) is a lively, international and diverse research institute.  English is the lingua franca in the Science Faculty, and the second language of Amsterdam.  Prof. Markoff’s group is also part of the Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics Amsterdam (GRAPPA) Center of Excellence, and the postdoc will be encouraged to participate actively in both institutes.  The Science Faculty is a 20 minute bike ride or 8 minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Train station, on the UvA Science Park Campus, also the informatics/computing technology center of the Netherlands that hosts several national research institutes and a startup campus. 

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Dec 14
Application Deadline
2024 Jan 15


Prof. Sera Markoff