PhD scholarship in Transient Astrophysics

DTU Space
Wednesday 10 Oct 18

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DTU Space (the National Danish Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) is offering a PhD scholarship in the area of transient astrophysics. The successful applicant will join a newly established group led by Dr. Giorgos Leloudas focusing on the study of transient phenomena in the Universe. We study all kinds of astrophysical transients, such as supernova explosions, with a particular interest on exotic phenomena, including superluminous supernovae, tidal disruption events and the zoo of nuclear transients, 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 student to work at the cutting edge of this rapidly moving research field. You will be involved in the follow-up and analysis of exciting phenomena in the era of large scale transient surveys and of gravitational waves. You will engage in research by using advanced datasets from observations of transient objects at different wavelengths, and you will be trained in the use of tools such as the polarization of light and the study of the transient galactic environments, in order to shed light on the different aspects of stellar deaths. You will have the opportunity to participate and contribute to large collaborations and projects in an international environment.
Candidates should have (or should be about to obtain) a master's degree in physics, astronomy or engineering or a similar degree with an equivalent academic level. Applicants with previous experience in the mentioned areas of research, strong programming skills and knowledge relating to data reduction and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. 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 during the course of the PhD.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide
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 appointment terms
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 with the relevant union with a minimum salary of $55,000 per year including pension. The scholarship includes funding for travel and IT.

The position is available for a 3-year period. The starting date is flexible between February and September 2019.
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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Giorgos Leloudas, +45 4525 9689, email:
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Please submit your online application no later than 15 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:
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here).
  • List of publications or other relevant documentation of eventual research experience.
  • Two reference letters
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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.