February 2017


Issue 77

Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference ELS-XVI



Registration is open! Please, go to the conference website (link above) or directly to http://go.umd.edu/elsxvi17registration

Early registration is highly appreciated.




PhD student position in atmospheric optics at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


This PhD project aims at developing a fundamental understanding of the interaction of polarized light with morphologically complex aerosol particles. The goal is to exploit the information contained in the polarization of scattered light to determine the particles' physical and chemical properties, which are essential for understanding their climate impact. The main tools will be numerical methods for solving light scattering problems, as well

as methods for solving inverse problems in atmospheric optics.


The position is full-time and limited to a maximum of 5 years.


For more information please follow the following link:




PhD student position on debris disks

The Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU) of the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, is seeking candidates for a PhD student position to join the Disks and Planetsgroup at the AIU.


The main research interest of the group is to study debris disks in extrasolar planetary systems, including their relation to exoplanets and planet formation. The group collaborates closely with other groups in Germany and is involved in a number of projects at the international level. The PhD student is expected to work on one of the numerous aspects of debris disks. These include dynamical, collisional, and thermal emission modeling of debris disks, as well as their observations with various facilities and data analysis. The successful applicant will also have a light load of teaching duties (2 hours per week, for instance by leading exercise classes).


The position is available for three years starting from April 1, 2017 or later. Prolongation for one more year is possible. The salary is standard for PhD positions in Germany (1/2 TV-L E-13 of the German federal public service scale) and includes a number of social and family-related benefits. The applicants should have a strong educational record and hold a Master degree or equivalent in physics or astronomy. Previous experience with astronomical research, preferably with disk and/or exoplanet studies, would be an advantage.


An application as a single file in PDF format should include a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and two names of reference. All applications received by March 15, 2017 will be given full consideration. The Friedrich Schiller University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


Contact: Professor Alexander V. Krivov

Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory

Friedrich Schiller University

Schillergasschen 2-3, 07745 Jena, Germany

Email: krivov@astro.uni-jena.de

Website: http://www.astro.uni-jena.de