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Postdoctoral Positions in Antimatter

Job description
The successful applicants will participate in the experimental research activities under InterCat aimed at determining how interstellar nanoscale dust grains act as catalysts for the formation of the molecular building blocks of life, in space. They will use the ASTRID2 synchrotron source and the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and low temperature astrochemistry machine-parks at Aarhus University (AU) to follow the build-up of complex, biologically relevant molecules, step-by-step, via atom addition, radical addition or molecular reactions under interstellar conditions. Close collaboration with theoreticians, observers and the experimental astrochemistry group in Leiden is expected.

The job includes

  • Synthesis of realistic interstellar dust grain analogues (carbonaceous materials, silicates and ice-clusters).
  • Characterization of these based on existing STM, AFM, TPD, AUGER, XPS, RAMAN spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy setups.
  • Mapping of catalytic pathways and reaction rates on interstellar dust grain analogue surfaces using STM, TPD, and XPS.
  • maintenance and troubleshooting on various experimental UHV setups
  • participating in maintenance of the group laboratories.
  • data analysis and writing scientific publications.
  • supervision of PhD, Master and bachelor students.
  • project administration, such as writing reports etc.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree in physics or similar field, with strong experience in experimental surface science, UHV techniques, catalysis/reactions on surfaces and atomic scale characterization.
The ideal candidate has good collaboration skills and is also able to work independently.

About InterCat
InterCat – Center for Interstellar Catalysis - is a center of excellence supported by the Danish National Research Foundation. The center is situated at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Århus University in Denmark and at Leiden Observatory at Leiden University in the Netherlands. See https://phys.au.dk/intercat/ for further details.

The goal of InterCat is to determine how interstellar nanoscale dust grains act as catalysts for the formation of the molecular building blocks of life, in space. InterCat uses the full toolbox of heterogeneous nano-catalysis to identify key catalytic and photo-catalytic reactions on and in carbonaceous, silicate and ice-covered nanoparticles representing realistic analogues of interstellar dust grains. The aim is to follow the build-up of complex, biologically relevant molecules, step-by-step, via atom addition, radical addition or molecular reactions under interstellar conditions and directly link these findings to astronomical observations made by ALMA and upcoming JWST. InterCat researchers have access to an extensive inventory of cutting-edge experimental, observational and theoretical facilities and techniques: Machine learning and evolutionary algorithms, the ASTRID2 synchrotron source and the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and low temperature astrochemistry machine-parks at Aarhus University (AU) and University of Leiden (UL), as well as the option of direct involvement in running and upcoming observational facilities such as ALMA and JWST.

Place of work and area of Employment
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information can be obtained from Head of Center of Excellence for Interstellar Catalysis (InterCAT) Prof. Liv Hornekær, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C
E-mail: liv@phys.au.dk

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Application deadline:
13 July 2020

 


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