One postdoctoral fellow position in high-energy astroparticle physics is available in the group of Associate Professor Manuel Meyer at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense.
The newly formed Axion Dark Matter and Astroparticle research group focuses on searches for dark matter in the form of axions and axion-like particles (ALPs) as well as the propagation of high-energy photons over cosmological distance s. It is supported by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. The group is part of CP3-Origins Centre which includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at SDU.
High-energy gamma rays and charged cosmic rays produced in sources beyond our Milky Way could initiate electromagnetic cascades in intergalactic space. The gamma-ray signature of these cascades could reveal the strength of the otherwise poorly constrained intergalactic magnetic fields and constrain the acceleration efficiency of cosmic rays.
The successful candidate will join international research collaborations and search for cascade signatures by analysing data from state-of-the-art gamma-ray observatories such as the Fermi Large Area Telescope and Cherenkov telescopes. The candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in related studies for the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array. The candidate is expected to investigate novel ideas to search for intergalactic magnetic fields and possibly develop machine-learning based algorithms for fast simulations of the cascade signal.
Postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to attend summer schools, international conferences or other educational and supporting measures. They will also have the opportunity to participate in academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support.
- PhD in physics or astrophysics or a related discipline
- Strong background in high-energy astroparticle physics
- Creative and systematic work ethic with the ability to propose new lines of research and high level of independence
- Experience in scientific computing, programming, and statistics
- Excellent command of the English language
- Strong initiative and involvement in an international team environment.
Additionally, outstanding candidates will have experience in data analysis of gamma-ray observatories such as imaging Cherenkov Telescopes and/or the Fermi Large Area Telescope with the gammapy or fermipy software packages, will have experience in cascade simulations with the ELMAG or CRPropa code frameworks, and have demonstrated research in the field of extragalactic astroparticle physics.
Deadline: 12 March 2023.
Please see the full call, including how to apply, on www.sdu.dk.