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PhD position to work on the dark side of star formation

Posted 14 Jun 2024
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1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Full-time
Job function
Salary
€2,770 - €3,539 per month
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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Job description

The stratospheric balloon mission GUSTO has just completed its 55-day flight over Antarctica, making measurements of far-infrared C+ and N+ line emission which is unobservable from the ground. The galactic plane survey covers 50 square degrees and the LMC map 1.5 square degrees, including deep coverage of the 30 Dor region. The high-resolution GUSTO spectra are expected to provide new insights into the process of star formation in interstellar clouds, in particular the effect of feedback from young stars on their birth environment.

Funding is now available for a PhD candidate to analyze the GUSTO data at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. The successful candidate will compare the GUSTO maps with observations in ground-based tracers of atomic and molecular clouds. The student will use state-of-the-art analysis tools, taking advantage of the high spectral resolution of the GUSTO data, to identify signatures of radiative and mechanical feedback in the gas clouds surrounding young stars. The position is co-supervised by Floris van der Tak (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) and Xander Tielens (University of Maryland).

Organisation

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and is recognised worldwide for the quality of its research in multiple areas of astronomy. With 15 faculty and 50 PhD students, it is the second-largest astronomical institute in the Netherlands. Groningen, a historic town in the northern Netherlands, occupies a strategic place in Dutch astronomy, hosting both the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, the far-infrared laboratory of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and the NOVA laboratory for sub-millimeter instrumentation. The Kapteyn Institute has a strong connection with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo, a European centre of radio astronomy research. Staff and PhD students at the Kapteyn Institute frequently collaborate with SRON and ASTRON scientists and engineers. There are also strong interdisciplinary connections with other institutes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Dutch Origins Center. English is the common language spoken at the institute.

We seek excellent candidates with a strong background in the physical sciences who desire to obtain a PhD degree from a top European university. A successful candidate must hold a MSc or equivalent degree in Physics, Astronomy or a related field, by the starting date of the position. Previous research experience and computational skills will be important criteria for the selection.

What we offer: An appointment as PhD student at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, which is expected to lead to a PhD degree after 4 years.

Groningen is a historic university town in the northern Netherlands with a population of approximately 230,000 people, of which almost 25% are students. This makes Groningen the city in the Netherlands with the highest student population density, the youngest city in the country, and one of the youngest in Europe. Groningen offers very high quality of life, surrounded by beautiful nature, and is a lively city with a remarkably diverse cultural scene.

Qualifications

What we expect

Applicants should have a recent MSc degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field. Experience with far-infrared observations or research into star formation is an asset, but not a requirement. Candidates should have good communication skills in English.

Organisation

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • A salary of € 2,770 (salary scale PhD candidates) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus.
  • A temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that you will successfully complete your PhD thesis within the next three years. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement.

Intended starting date: October 1st, 2024

De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is een internationaal georiënteerde universiteit, geworteld in Groningen, de City of Talent. Al 400 jaar staat kwaliteit centraal. Met resultaat: op invloedrijke ranglijsten bevindt de RUG zich op een positie rond de top honderd.
Deze bedrijfspagina is automatisch gegenereerd en bevat daarom nog weinig informatie. Je vindt meer informatie over Rijksuniversiteit Groningen op hun website: http://rug.nl

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