Call for applications for a post-doctoral fellowship position
at the INAF-Osservatorio
Astronomico di Palermo
Filling the gap between supernova explosions and their remnants through magnetohydrodynamic
modeling and high performance computing
The fellowship holder will be involved in the following activities:
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the research group at
INAF-OAPA. The fellow will be expected to publish papers in international refereed journals,
give presentations at relevant international conferences, and participate in writing grant
- modeling the post-explosion evolution of supernovae with the aim to study the dynamics and
energetic of the ejecta, and their chemical evolution;
- modeling of supernova remnants and, in particular, the evolution of young supernova
- synthesis of thermal X-ray emission from the model results; development of new diagnostic
tools of the plasma properties of a supernova remnant with the aim to link them with the
characteristics of the progenitor supernova and of the surrounding ambient medium;
- synthesis of the non-thermal emission in radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray bands from the model
results aimed at gaining insight onto the mechanism responsible for the acceleration of cosmic
rays at the shock front of supernova remnants.
The position is for 12 months. Extensions depend on availability of funds obtained from
applications regarding the above mentioned research project, on the needs of the research
program and on the results gained, as valued by the scientist in charge of the research (Dr.
Requirements for the candidate
A PhD (or equivalent) in Astronomy or Physics awarded by an Italian university or a formally
recognized foreign university. Alternatively, a three-years full time post-graduate research
documented activity (graduation in Astronomy or Physics or equivalent). Experience in
hydrodynamics or magnetohydrodynamics, development of numerical codes, parallel computing are
highly desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven research
All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English, and must have excellent verbal
and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for
publications and grant proposals.
Location. Work will be carried out in Palermo (Italy), at the
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo.
Starting date December 2015 - January 2016
Duration 12 months
Gross annual salary 28000 Euro (the amount is net of burdens to be charged to
Application deadline November 6, 2015
Informal inquiries are strongly encouraged.
Application should follow the instructions described in the attached document.
orlando AT astropa.inaf.it