ERC-funded postdoc position in star formation at Konkoly Observatory, Budapest

The “Structured Accretion Disks” ERC-funded research group invites applicants to a postdoc position at Konkoly Observatory (Budapest, Hungary) on the topic of structure, composition, and chemistry of circumstellar disks around young eruptive stars. The ERC Starting Grant is awarded to Dr Agnes Kospal, and its aim is to provide realistic initial conditions for the planet formation process. The position is for two years, available immediately, with a possibility of a shorter extension until 2022 June. Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics (or related discipline).

Applicants with interest and experience in observational/computational astrophysics, radiative transfer, and the physics of the circumstellar matter are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to carry out independent research for this project and collaborate with other members of the ERC group, Konkoly Observatory, and its international partners. Konkoly Observatory has close connections to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Heidelberg, Germany). The postdoc position comes with generous travel funds. The postdoc will have no teaching duties, although supervising students is possible.

Konkoly Observatory is Hungary’s largest astronomical institute, located in a newly renovated building in a beautiful natural reserve area, half hour from the city center. The observatory has been dynamically expanding in recent years, including two ERC-funded projects and several international staff members. The observatory maintains telescopes at a Hungarian mountain station and astronomers regularly observe with international instrumentation as well.

Applications should be sent via e-mail to in PDF format and must include a cover letter describing the applicant’s background and motivation for applying for the job, a CV, a list of publications, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two or three reference persons.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

Update: positions are all filled, thanks for all the applicants!