PhD Plasma Astrophysics

February 21, 2018, from Joerg Buechner

Open PhD project: Probing electron acceleration by fast magnetic reconnection using coherent stellar radio emissions

We invite applications for a PhD position funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Goettingen and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin.

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

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