Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Conduct research at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) within an appropriate area of specialization. Scholar would be expected to participate in or attend most school activities during this period (e.g. seminars, conferences etc.), interact with other research staff, and give lectures/seminars in DIAS/local universities.
Preferred areas of specialization:
- Star and planet formation
- Solar physics and space weather
- Planetary magnetospheres
- Low frequency radio astronomy (including LOFAR)
- Photo-ionisation regions and wind bubbles around massive stars
- Microwave kinetic induction detectors for astronomical purposes
The School of Cosmic Physics runs the historic Dunsink Observatory (where William Rowan Hamilton worked) and fellows may avail of accommodation in the Observatory.
Competitive applications will demonstrate clear alignment with host strategy, goals or new areas of mutual interest. Typically a letter of invitation will express this adequately.
For letter of invitation please contact:
Professor Peter T Gallagher
Astronomy & Astrophysics Section
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
M: +353 87 656 8975
W: dias.ie/astrophysics | dias.ie/dunsink | lofar.ie
Maximum $3,800 per month, (note that the stipend will be paid in euros and the approximate USD amount reflects the current exchange rate)
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