GREAT-ITN Recruitment: Institute of Astronomy, University of Leuven

Project Title: Stellar Astrophysics - Population asteroseismology
Dr Joris De Ridder (
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the KUL ESR will develop tools and expertise that can not only be applied to Gaia data, but are also suitable for other time-resolved surveys, thus bridging the fields of asteroseismology and stellar population synthesis, The ESR will use the tools to not only probe the structure and history of composite stellar populations, but also to constrain astrophysical quantities such as convective overshooting for particular classes of variable stars. The first step is the actual extraction of the variable stars using data mining techniques.

Important Eligibility Information concerning ESRs:

Early-stage researchers are those who are, at the time of selection by the host institution, in the first four years (full time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Researchers are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers in a network:

At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. As far as international European interest organisations or international organisations are concerned, this rule does not apply to the hosting of eligible researchers, however the appointed researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the selection by the host organisation in the same appointing organisation.