Postdoctoral fellow

Last application date
Feb 29, 2020 09:00
WE05 - Department of Physics and astronomy
Employment category
Limited duration
PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or a similar field
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the field of galactic astronomy at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent University. The successful candidate will work in the `DustOrigin’ group of Dr. Ilse De Looze. She/he will work on the analysis of dust polarimetric observations of Galactic supernova remnants in order to constrain the average size and composition of supernova dust.

Ghent is located in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, some 50 km north of Brussels. Ghent is renowned for its beautiful medieval town centre, its lively cultural and music scene, and its vibrant student life. Ghent University is an international, highly rated university with more than 40,000 students. The astronomy group's expanding research interests include supernovae, nearby galaxies, infrared astronomy, hydrodynamical simulations/radiative transfer, galaxy formation and evolution, high-redshift observations and observational cosmology.

Profile of the candidate

Candidates with expertise in interstellar dust, supernovae, radiative transfer, and infrared/submillimetre observations are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with dust polarimetric observations would be an asset, but is not required. Candidates should (ideally) satisfy the international mobility criterion, i.e., they should have worked outside of Belgium for 24 months during the last 36 months (at the start of the contract). Adequate support for travel to conferences and workshops, funded by an ERC Starting Grant, will be available.

How to apply

Informal inquires are welcome ( and applications sent by February 28, 2020 will be fully considered. Applicants should submit their CV and a statement of research interests (up to 3 pages). The candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by February 28, 2020 to The starting date can be as early as September 1st 2020 and should be no later than January 1st 2021. The position is initially for 2 years, and renewable for 1 year.