Postdoc in Transient Astrophysics

DTU Space
Thursday 25 Oct 18

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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) is offering a post-doc position in the area of transient astrophysics. The successful applicant will join a newly established group focusing on the study of transient phenomena in the Universe. We study all kinds of astrophysical transients with a particular interest on exotic phenomena, such as superluminous supernovae, the zoo of nuclear transients including tidal disruption events, and the newly discovered electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves. We are part of and play an active role in various international collaborations and transient surveys, including ePESSTO, ENGRAVE and BlackGEM. In addition, we have access to and obtain data from the ESO facilities and the Nordic Optical Telescope.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated post-doc to work at the cutting edge of this rapidly moving research field. You will pursue research on the different aspects of stellar death, participate in target of opportunity observations of transient events, and analyze exciting datasets from world-class facilities. You will have the chance to actively engage in international collaborations and you will be encouraged to lead observing proposals and contribute to the supervision of students.

The position is available for 2 years with a possibility for extension. The starting date is flexible between February and September 2019.

Candidates should have a PhD degree, or equivalent, in Physics or Astrophysics (or related field) by the date of appointment. Applicants with strong programming skills and previous experience in one of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: supernovae, tidal disruption events, gravitational waves, host galaxy studies, optical/IR spectroscopy, polarimetry, transient surveys and analysis of large datasets. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU Space, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility. The successful applicant is encouraged to pursue independent research interests within the framework of the research group.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union (the basis salary is around DKK 41.000, corresponding to approximately US$ 6.300, per month, including pension).

The period of employment is 2 years with a possibility of extension. Funding for travel and IT is included.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Giorgos Leloudas, +45 4525 9689, email:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • A short research statement (1-2 pages) describing your research interests and plan
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • Three reference letters
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astrophysics.

DTU Space has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 130 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. DTU Space uses space as a base for research and technology development in order to learn more about the Universe and Earth, to study climate and environment on Earth and create results and technologies that benefit society

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.