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PhD and Postdoctoral Position in Solar and Computational Physics

Fondazione Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno

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PhD and Postdoctoral Position in Solar and Computational Physics

Locarno,
April
12,
2019
ISTITUTO
RICERCHE
SOLARI
LOCARNO

(IRSOL)

UNIVERSITÀ
DELLA
SVIZZERA
ITALIANA

(USI)

PhD
and
Postdoctoral
Position
in
Solar
and
Computational
Physics
The
Istituto
Ricerche
Solari
Locarno
(IRSOL),
an
associate
of
the
Università
della
Svizzera
italiana
(USI)
and
its
Institute
of
Computational
Science
(ICS),
seeks
to
appoint
a
postdoc-
toral
research
associate
(PDRA)
and
a
postgraduate
researcher
as
a
PhD
candidate
(PGR)
for
carrying
out
a
research
project
in
the
field
of
computational
solar
physics.
IRSOL
is
a
small
solar
observatory,
specialized
in
high
precision
polarimetry.
The
main
activities
comprise
po-
larimetry
of
the
Sun,
theoretical
spectroscopy,
and
numerical
radiation
magnetohydrodynamic
simulations
of
the
solar
atmosphere.
The
doctoral
thesis
shall
be
carried
out
in
cooperation
with
USI/ICS
or
possibly
with
an
other
Swiss
University
(SU).
We
also
foresee
cooperation
with
the
Swiss
Supercomputing
Center
(CSCS)
and
international
partners.
Your
tasks
The
project
foresees
the
post-processing
of
already
existing,
and
the
production
of
new
simu-
lation
data
for
carrying
out
research
on
various
topics
of
solar
physics
related
to
future
obser-
vations
with
large
solar
telescopes
and
to
ongoing
observational
programs
at
IRSOL.
These
research
activities
shall
carry
on
magnetohydrodynamic
waves
and
turbulence,
and
spectro-
plarimetric
line
formation.
Beyond
that,
and
depending
on
interests
and
skills,
we
plan
to
further
develop
our
simulation
tools
and
computational
methods
with
regard
to
supercom-
puting
and
the
future
era
of
exa-scale
computing.
We
also
plan
for
universal
access
of
our
simulation
data
and
analysis
tools.
Your
profile
We
seek
a
PhD
candidate
(PGR)
who
holds
a
master
diploma
in
physics
or
applied
mathe-
matics
or
computational
sciences.
He
or
she
should
have
a
good
background
in
physics
and
numerical
methods
and
be
interested
in
astrophysics
and
should
have
experience
in
program-
ming
and
be
proficient
in
written
and
spoken
English
and
have
excellent
communication
skills.
Likewise
are
the
requirements
for
the
PDRA
position
for
which
the
candidate
must
hold
a
PhD
in
the
field
of
astrophysics
or
computational
sciences
or
applied
mathematics
and
have
a
strong
interest
in
solar
physics.
Further
important
information
The
PhD
will
be
carried
out
jointly
at
IRSOL
and
USI
or
at
an
alternative
Swiss
university
(SU).
The
PhD
degree
will
be
awarded
by
either
USI
under
the
supervision
of
Prof.
Rolf
Krause
or
by
another
SU.
The
project
is
foreseen
to
be
mainly
carried
out
at
IRSOL
under
the
supervision
of
Dr.
O.
Steiner
and
possibly
at
USI
or
alternative
SU.
There
is
some
flexibility
with
regard
to
the
workplace,
which
shall
be
mainly
at
IRSOL
in
Locarno-Monti
but
can
partly
include
USI
or
another
SU.
The
project
is
funded
by
the
Swiss
National
Science
Foundation
(SNSF)
for
a
time
period
of
36
months.
Salary
corresponds
to
the
standards
of
the
SNSF.
Applications
should
be
sent
by
email
to
Dr.
O.
Steiner
(steiner@irsol.ch)
and
should
include
the
following
material:
1)
Curriculum
vitae;
2)
statement
of
research
interest;
3)
digital
copies
of
the
master
diploma
including
course
grades;
4)
contact
information
for
two
potential
pro-
fessional
references;
5)
for
the
PDRA
position
only:
digital
copies
of
the
PhD
diploma
and
the
PhD
thesis.
Please
quote
as
subject
title
’PDRA
position’
or
’PGR
position’,
respectively.
Review
of
applications
will
start
soon
and
continue
until
the
position
is
filled.
Questions
con-
cerning
the
advertised
position
should
be
directed
to
Dr.
Oskar
Steiner.