We plan to start a post-doctoral position at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam preparing for the construction of the MOSAIC instrument on the ESO Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). The post-doc will be embedded in the research group focused on the formation, evolution and fate of massive stars led by Prof. Dr. Lex Kaper and Prof. Dr. Alex de Koter in Amsterdam, in close collaboration with the MOSAIC instrument team centered at the NOVA optical/infrared group in Dwingeloo.
The scientific focus of the advertised position will be on the formation, evolution, and fate of (resolved) massive stars in the Local Group and beyond. At the defining phase of MOSAIC we want to make sure that the capabilities of the instrument are such that the relevant spectral information of these massive stars is obtained, addressing key questions on their formation, mass-loss properties as a function of metallicity, and feedback processes impacting on a galactic scale. Several scientific and technical trade-offs have to be made in close consultation with the technical team; the post-doc is expected to contribute to the scientific motivation needed to make these trade-offs. Up to half of the time the post-doc is expected to work on their own research program.
Interested candidates should have a PhD in astronomy (or the equivalent).