Prof. Dr. Saskia Hekker

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Postdoc position in the Theory and Observations (TOS) group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) in Heidelberg, Germany, HITS-07-2020

The TOS group is a research group that aims to understand 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.

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies was established 2010 by SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. It conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics.

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the TOS group at HITS as a post-doctoral research associate as soon as possible. The successful candidate will work on a project to further understand the internal structure of red-giant stars using asteroseismology. The project will involve the analysis of both observational data, as well as synthetic stellar models to understand what the observed phenomena means in terms of the underlying structure of a star. 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.

Candidates at the post-doctoral level should possess a PhD Degree or equivalent qualification in physics, astrophysics, math, computer science or a related discipline and preferably have experience in asteroseismology.

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.

A generous research budget is available as well as a competitive salary and benefits package.

For more information regarding working at HITS see Working at HITS

Applications need to be submitted by (30.11.2020) including:

  • Cover letter with your motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement (max 2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of 3 people that can be contacted for recommendation letters

Please understand that we only accept applications that are submitted via the application link

Inquiries should be addressed to Saskia Hekker:

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