Two PhD thesis projects
Two PhD thesis projects at MPI Garching
Supervisors: Roland Diehl (MPE) and Torsten En▀lin (MPA)
The origin of the positron annihilation in the galaxy
Information theory based signal analysis at a frontier theme of astroparticle physics
Two PhD thesis positions are offered for the investigation of the mysterious origin of the galactic positron annihilation emission, as detected by the gamma ray observatory INTEGRAL. The projects are at the interface of information theory and galactic astrophysics. The goal is to develop and to apply novel signal analysis methods in order to separate and image the different physical gamma ray emission processes in the galaxy. These are the interactions of relativistic particles with the interstellar medium, the annihilation of positrons, the possible annihilation or decay of dark matter particles, and others.
RequirementsThe projects require the PhD candidates to have or to develop profound knowledge in information theory, the, numerical methods, programming, gamma ray detector instrumentation, and the high energy astrophysics of cosmic-rays and objects in the Milky Way. One PhD thesis would be located at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE, Garching) and have a stronger focus on the instrumental aspects, and one would be located at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA, Garching) and will be more concerned with the mathematical and algorithmically challenges, while both would involve frontier astrophysics. A close collaboration between the PhD candidates, as well as their readiness to work in an international team would be expected.
ApplicationFor further information contact email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are kindly requested to be sent to email@example.com (ID 13/12) latest by August 31st, 2012. The projects will start in 2012, for a duration of 3 years.
The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.