Open PhD project

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen

Astronomy & Astrophysics

(SAGE phD 2018)

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Open PhD project

Job offer from February 06, 2018

We offer a open PhD project "Suppressed dipole modes in red-giant stars" position within the Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution group at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany

Our research

Asteroseismology, the study of internal structures of stars through their intrinsic global oscillations has advanced rapidly over the past years with the high-precision space-based photometric data from satellites such as CoRoT and Kepler. In the Sun the intrinsic oscillations have been used to determine the internal structure to great detail. With the excellent data currently available for other stars than the Sun this project aims to study the physical explanation as to why in a small though significant number of stars some of the modes are suppressed.

This project will be carried out in the Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution Research Group lead by Saskia Hekker at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany and in the framework of the International Max Planck research school for solar system science (IMPRS).

Your requirements

We seek a motivated candidate who holds (or must be about to obtain) a Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline. Although not necessary, a background in asteroseismology is looked upon favourably. Proficiency in both oral and written English is required.

Our offer

The successful applicant will be offered a doctoral support contract with remuneration dependent on the collective wage agreement for the public service TVöD (minimum 50 % of pay level E13) according to the German public salary scale for a period of three years.

Your application

Applications must be made through the 'International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Research at the University of Göttingen' (IMPRS online PhD application portal). For this project, you will be submitting an off-cycle application with a deadline of March 1, 2018. The starting date is negotiable. If you have questions about the doctoral project, please send an e-mail to the project advisor Dr. Saskia Hekker. Once the online portal indicates that your application is complete, please send e-mail to both as well as to the to alert them of your submission.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more people with disabilities and specially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
SAGE research group
Justus-von-Liebig Weg 3
37077 Göttingen

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