Prof. Dr. Saskia Hekker

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ERC-funded PhD positions (m/f/d) in Asteroseismology

The Theory and Observations of Stars (TOS) group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies invites applications for PhD positions within the ERC-funded project DipolarSound.
Within the TOS group we are interested in understanding the physical processes that determine the structure and evolution of stars using asteroseismology – the study of the internal structures of stars through their global oscillations. The focus is on solar-like oscillators, i.e. low-mass main-sequence stars, subgiants and red-giant stars that possess oscillations similar to those present in the Sun.
Your role
We are seeking highly motivated PhD students to join the DipolarSound project in the TOS group. 
The DipolarSoundproject funded by an ERC consolidator grant focusses specifically on the use of dipole modes in red-giant stars to infer the structure of these stars as well as differences in structures in red-giant stars with different oscillation patterns. This project involves the analysis of both observational data, as well as synthetic stellar models to understand what the observed phenomena mean in terms of the underlying structure of the stars. The focus will be on the analysis and interpretation of the mixed-dipole modes to investigate the conditions in the deep layers of these stars.

What qualifies you for this job
Candidates for admission for the PhD program should have a MSc degree or equivalent in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline.

The environment of this job
HITS offers a first-class research environment with outstanding computational resources and is embedded within the vibrant Heidelberg astronomical community that includes the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University and two Max Planck Institutes.
HITS benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Subsidized cafeteria meals
  • Job ticket
  • Allowance for further training and career development
  • Company pension plan and additional health care benefits
  • 30 days of paid vacation
  • Family friendly working environment
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For any additional information regarding the position please contact Prof. Dr. ir. Saskia Hekker
The envisioned starting date is October 2022, negotiable. To apply, please submit the following documents by 22 April 2022:

  • Cover letter with your motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates
  • Contact details for two referees

​Initial review of applications will start on 22 April 2022 and may continue until the positions are filled.

​HITS gGmbH stands for equal opportunities and we strongly believe that our research benefits from inclusive and diverse teams.

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