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Post-doctoral researcher in “Theoretical Nuclear Astrophysics” (d/f/m)

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world’s largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.


For our Theory department, we are looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher in
“Theoretical Nuclear Astrophysics” (d/f/m)

Posting ID:  1840-20.49

as part of the ERC advanced grant “KILONOVA”.


The successful candidate will develop kilonova light curve models with the goal of identifying r-process nucleosynthesis signatures from neutron star mergers. The main goal is to be able to characterize the properties of the ejected material including its composition from future kilonova observations. The project offers collaborative work with other groups at GSI, neighboring universities, and other institutes worldwide.



The candidate should have a PhD in physics and research experience on the description of radiation transport and light curve modeling associated to nucleosynthesis processes. The candidate should have a profound background in theoretical astrophysics and in particular in the field of neutron star mergers. Excellent skills in programming, scientific and high-performance computing are essential. Experience in neutrino physics, (magneto-) hydrodynamics, radiation transport, accretion physics, nucleosynthesis, general relativity and/or nuclear physics is highly desirable.


We offer:

The position is initially offered for 2 years with further extensions possible depending on performance. The earliest starting date is January 1st, 2021. Salary is equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund).


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.


Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.


Information about FAIR and GSI is available at and


For any questions please contact Gabriel Martínez-Pinedo (g.martinez(at); Tel. +49 6159 71 2750).


If you find this position interesting and challenging and would like to work in an exceptional, international, scientific environment, please submit your CV with the names of two referees together with information of your earliest possible starting date and the reference number above to the address: 




GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Abteilung Personal

Planckstrasse 1
64291 Darmstadt  


The evaluation of the applications will start on October 1st, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

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