PhD Student Position on Debris Disks in Jena, Germany

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU) of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU), Jena, Germany, is seeking a PhD student to join the "Disks and Planets" group of Prof. Alexander Krivov at the AIU. The main research interest of the group is to study debris disks in planetary systems, including their relation to exoplanets and planet formation. The group collaborates closely with other groups in Germany and is involved in a number of projects at the international level. The PhD student is expected to work on one of the numerous aspects of debris disks. These include dynamical, collisional, thermal emission, and scattered light modeling of debris disks, their interaction with planets, as well as their observations with various facilities and data analysis. The successful applicant will also have a light load of teaching duties (2 hours per week, e.g. by leading exercise classes).

The position is available for 3 years starting from May 1, 2024 or later. Prolongation for one more year is possible. The salary is standard for PhD positions in Germany (1/2 TV-L E-13 of the federal public service scale) and includes a number of social and family-related benefits.

The applicants should hold a Master's degree or equivalent in physics or astronomy. Previous experience with astronomical research, preferably with disk and/or exoplanet studies, would be an advantage.

Queries should be directed to Alexander Krivov ([email protected]). Applications must be submitted online via the FSU application system. Please include a CV, a brief research and motivation statement, and two names of referees to be contacted if shortlisted.

The FSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate applicants due to nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 09
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 15
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Alexander Krivov