PhD position in stellar physics at IRSOL, Switzerland. Topic: Planet engulfing scenarios

Michele Bianda

Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno
via Patocchi 57
CH-6605 Locarno Monti

A Swiss-NSF-funded PhD position is now open at the solar physics research institute Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno, IRSOL, located in Locarno in the Southern part of Switzerland. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Geneva, and Kiepenheuer Institut in Freiburg, Germany. The PhD student will be enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Geneva.

The PhD student will have the opportunity to work in a lively small group on a challenging and cutting-edge topic. The work will address on planet engulfing scenarios considering both theoretical and observational aspects. The goal will be to study the consequences on the star involved in the process of planet engulfing, through numerical modeling, and to find corresponding observational signatures. The PhD student is expected to get familiar with the instrumentation and the observational techniques at the IRSOL observatory, where it will be possible to carry out spectroscopy observations of bright stars and to perform calibration observations on the Sun. Fainter stars will be observed at the Gregor telescope in Tenerife or at other large telescopes.

We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate with a MSc or equivalent degree in astrophysics, astronomy or physics with interests in observational techniques and numerical modeling. The candidates should send a letter of motivation, a CV, academic transcripts and contact details of three potential referees by post or by email to the address below. Electronic material should be sent in a single PDF-file.

IRSOL - via Patocchi - CH-6605 Locarno Monti – Switzerland
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Gross annual salary: ~ 40000 CHF (ca. 34000 EUR)
Review of applications will begin November 14, 2011. Start date: to be agreed

For more information please contact:
Dr. Michele Bianda (IRSOL):, +41 91 743 42 26
Prof. Georges Meynet (University of Geneva):
Prof. Svetlana Berdjugina (KIS):