PhD position in computational astrophysics

The Theoretical Astrophysics group works on numerical simulations of star formation from sub-pc to kpc scales including state-of-the-art stellar feedback models and astrochemical networks. The position will be offered in the Collaborative Research Centre 956 „Conditions and impact
of Star formation“ (

Activities and responsibilities


»» implementing and benchmarking astrochemical networks in an astrochemistry code
»» running, post-processing and analysing 3D, magneto-hydrodynamical simulations of molecular
»» determining the accuracy of observational methods to determine the age and chemical
      composition of astrophysical objects by means of realistic 3D simulations
»» collaborate with colleagues and contribute to the academic environment at the institute

Qualification profile


»» University diploma or MSc. degree in physics, astrophysics, or a related field
»» Experience with 3D, (magneto-hydrodynamical) simulations or astrochemistry or radiative
»» Knowledge and first experience with programming in Fortran90 / C++
»» Knowledge of python or other plotting tools
»» Experience in high-performance computing is welcome



»» to carry out a PhD on a hot topic in an international environment
»» a diverse and fair working environment
»» support in reconciling work and family life
»» flexible working time models
»» extensive advanced training opportunities
»» occupational health management offers
»» local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

Send application to

Dr. Daniel Seifried

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: wiss1901-13

About Universität zu Köln

Institute for Theoretical Physics We do theoretical physics from cosmology and quantum gravity to biophysics and evolution; from mathematical physics to quantum effects in novel materials. Close collaboration with experimental physicists, mathematicians and biologists is an important aspect of our work. This has given rise to several interdisciplinary projects and funding initiatives.  

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