Open positions

Postdoctoral Position in the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Closing date: 31.07.2021

Contact: Michal Dovčiak

Astronomical Institute (http://www.asu.cas.cz/en/about/about-the-institute) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic announces a 2-year postdoctoral position, starting in October this year, in the Relativistic Astrophysics group (https://astro.cas.cz/) in the project "Accreting black holes in the new era of X-ray polarimetry missions" (https://astro.cas.cz/expro).

The postdoc will model the emission of the X-ray corona in Galactic black holes in X-ray binary sources, i.e. study the spectral, timing, and polarimetric properties of the X-ray corona emission. To this aim he/she will use, modify and create numerical codes developed in our group. Thus experience with C++ and Python computer languages is needed. Some experience with astronomical data analysis in X-ray domain (using Xspec or similar software) and knowledge of relativistic astrophysics (especially in the field of accretion theory, radiative processes, ray-tracing in curved space-time) will be appreciated. High motivation and ability to work independently as well as in the team collaboration are expected.

The position is opened for 1 year, after which it can be prolonged for another year based on applicant's successful performance. The salary will be based on the domestic level and it includes full health insurance. Commencement is expected on the 1st of October 2021.

Applications containing a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a List of Publications, and a Summary of Research Plans should be submitted in a single pdf

to: dovciak (at) asu.cas.cz

subject: “EXPRO-ABH postdoc 2021 – Prague”

Two recommendation letters have to be sent to the same email addresses with the same subject.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in the field and present a certificate of that by the date of employment. Preferences will be given to early-stage researchers. A necessary condition for the appointment is to satisfy the legal requirements for being employed in the Czech Republic.

To receive full consideration please submit your application and arrange your recommendation letters to be sent by the 31st of July 2021. Applications will be acknowledged by email. Once the selection process is completed, the successful applicant will be notified.

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Note: Please understand that the COVID-19 challenge may prevent us from admitting applicants from some regions because of legal or travel restrictions related to the current medical situation in the world.