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PhD Position in Computational Astrophysics (Stellar Dynamics, Star Clusters and Related Topics)

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. scholarship in computational astrophysics at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.  The 4-year research scholarship is connected with the OPUS project "Evolution of Star Clusters with Multiple Stellar Populations - Development of the MOCCA Numerical Code and Comparisons of Results of Numerical Simulations with Observations" (2016/23/B/ST9/02732) financed by the Polish National Science Centre and led by Dr Mirek Giersz. The suggested starting date is October 2017.

The research carried out by the student will involve working with results from the MOCCA (MOnte Carlo Cluster simulAtor) code for star cluster evolution, which was developed at NCAC.

The results from the MOCCA simulations will be used by a student to compare with globular cluster observations, and to investigate formation, retention and evolution of particular stellar populations and objects, e.g. x-ray binaries, black holes, different kind of binaries.

The scholarships are intended for prospective Ph.D. students at NCAC. Candidates should hold (or expect to obtain before the start of their scholarship) a university degree (master or equivalent) in the field of astrophysics, astronomy or physics. Knowledge of numerical methods, programming and script languages and basic observational procedures will be preferred.

Candidates should submit an application including a CV, a copy of the most important diploma (master, engineer, bachelor) including the list of course grades, as well as information on research experience (participation in research projects, publications, awards, etc) and research interests. They should also include at least one recommendation letter.

Applications should be sent in the PDF format at until August 1st, 2017.

Any questions about the competition can be sent at

This competition is independent from the recruitment for Ph.D. studies at NCAC (