Büchner, Jörg
Jörg Büchner
Phone: +49 551 384 979-295
Room: BT2.E4.116
Links: Homepage
Patricio Munoz Sepulveda
Phone: +49 551 384 979-383
Room: BT2.E4.115


How to apply

Call for applications

Open PhD Project

Probing electron acceleration by fast magnetic reconnection using coherent stellar radio emissions

Kinetic simulations in plasma astrophysics

Project description

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Dr. Jörg Büchner and Dr. Patricio Muñoz on kinetic simulations of electron acceleration by  magnetic reconnection in stellar atmospheres to be verified by observed solar type-III radio bursts. The selected doctoral candidate will use a state-of-the-art fully-kinetic and massively parallel particle-in-cell code running on European network High-Performance Supercomputers to simulate the electromagnetic radiation caused by magnetic reconnection. In particular the influence of the electron cyclotron maser instability will be investigated. At the TU Berlin the PHD thesis will additionally be supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Breitschwerdt.


The doctoral program will start at the International Max-Planck-Research School for Solar System Science hosted by the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany and finish at the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany, with the possibility of a science-motivated intermediate stay at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, China.

External collaborations/visits

The work will be carried out in close interaction with astronomical observations by project collaborators in Germany (Observatory for Solar Radio Astronomy Potsdam) and China including visiting the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO), in Nanjing, China.


Applicants should hold (or must be about to obtain) a Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline. Proficiency in both oral and written English is required. The applicant should be enthusiastic about learning and doing research in plasma astrophysics by means of computer simulations using programs written in C++ and Python.

How to apply

Please apply as soon as possible through the IMPRS online PhD application portal. For this project, you will be submitting an off-cycle application. The current announcement is a special opening to be filled asap after the project funding was just approved in December 2017.

The desired start date is March 1st, 2018, but applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is selected.

In your online application, please specify and motivate your choice of this particular project within the DFG/NSFC Sino-German Research Project: "Probing electron acceleration by fast magnetic reconnection using coherent stellar radio emissions". If you have questions about the doctoral project, please send an e-mail to the project advisor . Once the online portal indicates that your application is complete, please send e-mail to both Prof. Dr. Jörg Büchner as well as to the IMPRS coordinator Dr. Sonja Schuh to alert them of your submission.

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