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PhD position in Stellar Physics

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (ICE, CSIC) & Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC)
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Mar, 13/10/2020
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Mar, 27/10/2020



A  four-year PhD  position  funded  by the  Spanish  Ministry  of Science  and Innovation  is offered  through the  FPI Program  associated with  the project "Development  of the  WFM instrument  of  eXTP and  progress in  the study  of stellar explosions  and their scenarios", with  reference PID2019-108709GB-I00 (PIs: M. Hernanz and A. Serenelli).

The successful  candidate will  work under the  supervision of  A.  Serenelli. Her/his  research  will   focus  on  studies  of  the  physics   of  low-  and intermediate-mass stars.  The project will  be theoretically oriented and will have a strong component devoted to  stellar and asteroseismic studies based on data  from  the past  Kepler/K2  and  current  TESS NASA  missions.   Research activities will be also part of the preparation of the stellar science program of the future ESA PLATO mission.   The PhD activities will be co-supervised by Prof.  Achim Weiss (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany).

TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is the current NASA exoplanet and asteroseismic mission, and it is performing a full-sky survey since its launch in 2018 and its nominal duration has  been extended for several years. As part of the Steering  Committee of the Work Group of solar-like stars, we are strongly involved  in asteroseismic studies of cool stars with solar-like oscillations (TESS core program).

PLATO is the M3 ESA mission  for exoplanet discovery and asteroseismic studies and it is scheduled for launch in 2026, with nominal+extended (expected) phase lasting until 2034.  During the preparation  phase, which covers the period of the current  PhD offer, we lead  the development of the  stellar modeling Work Package that is a core part of the PLATO Stellar Parameters Pipeline.

Candidates should apply from 13 to  27 of October through the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation web here.

Eligible candidates should  be enrolled or admitted to a  doctoral program for the 2020/2021  academic year at the  time of submission of  the application or that are in a position to be on the date the contract is formalized.

People  interested   in  the  PhD   position  should  contact   A.   Serenelli (

The ICE-CSIC promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and encourages women and minorities to apply.