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Postdoctoral position in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves

Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CAMK PAN) announces the competition for one post-doc position in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves

We are looking for a candidate with experience in relativistic astrophysics of compact objects, in particular structure of neutron stars interiors, applied to gravitational wave astronomy.

The winner of the competition will conduct research within the OPUS project entitled ''Calm before the storm: rethinking the gravitational-wave analysis toolbox in the face of future challenges'' (nr 2021/43/B/ST9/01714), in cooperation with Prof. Michał Bejger and collaborators.


Specific research tasks include the development of astrophysical models of compact objects as sources of gravitational radiation, in order to study their selected features: phase transitions in dense matter; elastic, thermal and magnetic properties; oscillation modes (frequencies, damping times); information related to populations of objects, e.g., mass distributions, radii, tidal deformations, to then implement them in the data analysis of long-term gravitational wave signals to investigate, which theoretically considered features of these objects will be possible (or impossible) to reliably evaluate with detectors in the near and distant future, as well as what technical capabilities future detectors should have to reliably observe specific signatures of processes occurring in gravitational-wave sources.


We seek candidates holding the PhD degree in the field of physics or astronomy (or a related field).

The contract should start not later than 1st of October 2024 (starting date is open for negotiation); the candidate should be in possession of the PhD degree at this time.


An employment contract is offered for two years (with a possibility of extension). 

The salary of the successful candidate will be competitive and comparable to that of Polish researchers in the same career stage, exceeding PLN 8000 gross per month, and a travel budget and computer equipment is available.


To apply for the position candidates should attach:

- a copy of the PhD diploma (or the supervisor's statement about the advancement of the PhD thesis);

- CV including a list of scientific publications;

a short statement of research achievements and interests (maximum 3 pages);

- a scan of the signed NCN GDPR document available at:

Additionally, applicants should arrange for two recommendation letters from independent researchers  to be sent directly to the same e-mail address.


Documents should be submitted by June 9th, 2024, 23:59 CET, by e-mail (in the pdf format), with a subject „Post-doc position in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves” to

The contest will be resolved before the end of June 2024.


The selection criteria include:

1. the candidate's research achievements including publications in prestigious academic press /journals (50% of the final score);

2. research-related achievements, scholarships, awards and research experience gained in Poland or abroad, research workshops and training courses, participation in research projects (20% of the final score);

3. the candidate’s competence to carry out specific tasks in the research project (30% of the final score).


Additional information can be obtained by e-mail from Prof.  Michał Bejger