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PhD position in high-energy astrophysics and transient science

The Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK), Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD studentship in high-energy astrophysics and transient science, commencing as soon as possible.  
 
About DARK  
Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DARK's areas of research include, but are not limited to: theoretical and observational investigations of dark matter and dark energy, high-redshift galaxy evolution, quasars, black holes, supernovae, reionization, gamma-ray bursts, cosmic dust, clusters of galaxies and gravitational lensing. DARK is hosting a new initiative focusing specifically on the theory and observations of astrophysical transients, including gravitational waves. You can read more about DARK here: http://dark.nbi.ku.dk  
 
Project description  
We are looking for a talented and highly motivated student who is interested in high-energy astrophysics and transient science.  
The recent LIGO events have marked the beginning of the era of gravitational astronomy. Gravitational astronomy has allowed us to begin probing the characteristics of the extreme and violent merging events of compact objects. The PhD position is part of an observational initiative aimed at characterizing and studying transient sources, including supernovae, kilonovae as well as searching for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves. The principal supervisor is Professor Jens Hjorth, jens@dark-cosmology.dk.
 
PhD students at DARK and CTA have the opportunity to also work with DARK’s other senior or post-doctoral researchers, as well many international collaborators. For more about DARK’s staff, see http://dark.nbi.ku.dk/people/ ;
 
Job description  
The position is available for 4–5 years depending on the seniority of the student. The key tasks as a PhD student are:  
• To manage and carry through your research project  
• Attend PhD courses  
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis  
• Teach and disseminate your research  
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad  
• Work for the Department  
 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold a BSc or MSc degree in physics or astronomy with good results and good English skills.  
 
Terms of employment  
The position is available for candidates who are eligible to be enrolled as a MSc student. For further information about the study programme please see: http://www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.
 
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU-bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies.  
 
48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.  
 
'Duty work'  
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50.  
 
For further information about Part A please see: http://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/phd/studystructure/integratedphd/.  
 
Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC)  
 
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.
 
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
 
Please include  
Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project;  
• CV  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc)  
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
 
The deadline for applications is 16th February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
 
Questions  
For specific information about the PhD scholarships, please contact Jens Hjorth, jens@dark-cosmology.dk.  
 
You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ ;
 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd ;
 
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.  
 


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