QUEST PhD position at the Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)

September 1, 2019, from Richard Morton

Applications are invited for a PhD position at the Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) in Freiburg, Germany, available from January 1, 2020.

The candidate will be working in the QUEST-project (QUiet-Sun Event STatistics), a junior research group funded by the Leibniz association and led by Dr. Catherine Fischer. 
This project characterises the quiet-sun magnetic field by studying observational signatures of events such as for example flux cancelation, convective collapse and granular buffeting of magnetic elements. Taking advantage of multi-instrument data sets and building up statistics of these events by correlating the changes of physical parameters will provide a comprehensive picture of these processes from the photosphere to the higher solar atmosphere. The project will thereby fully exploit the available multi- instrument data of Hinode,  SDO, IRIS, new high-resolution data from GREGOR as well as the DKIST data coming online in 2020. More information can be found at the project webpage (http://www.leibniz-kis.de/en/projects/quest/).

KIS is a foundation of public law of the State of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to perform fundamental astrophysical research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include the dynamic solar atmosphere, the sun amongst stars, and Instruments, Techniques, Data Analysis and Data Dissemination. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the 1.5m GREGOR solar telescope to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, and pursues a forefront instrument development program including solar adaptive optics and high precision polarimetry. Further information can be obtained via the web page of the Institute (http://www.leibniz-kis.de).

Applicants should have a master’s degree in physics (preferentially in the area of solar physics) or computer science. Candidates need to be fluent in Python and ideally also in IDL. Experience in machine learning coding is of benefit.

KIS is committed to be a workplace free from discrimination, with equal opportunities for all.
 The appointment will be for a term of 3 years (provided the candidates successfully completes the 6 months probation period according to German regulation). The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L).

The application should include a curriculum vitae, if applicable a list of publications, and a cover letter in the context of the QUEST project. Please describe in the cover letter how your experience matches the project goals. Please arrange for two reference letters including contact details for further inquiry to be sent directly by the referees to hr@leibniz-kis.de with the keyword ‘QUEST PhDʼ in the email subject. The selection of candidates will start after October 20, 2019 until the position is filled. Please send your application via email to hr@leibniz-kis.de with the keyword ‘QUEST PhDʼ in the email subject. Questions regarding the position should be sent to Dr. Catherine Fischer at cfischer@leibniz-kis.de.


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