PhD candidate in Experimental Astro-molecular Spectroscopy

University of Amsterdam
July 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Experimental Astro-molecular Spectroscopy.

Many molecules, even large and complex organic molecules can be found in space. Their formation and evolution is driven by starlight and their spectroscopic signatures reveal their presence. Investigating the spectroscopy and photochemistry of neutral and ionic hydrocarbon species can teach us about the carbon inventory and chemistry in space. In this project, the spectroscopy and photolysis of a particular family of hydrocarbons, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) species, will be investigated. The aim is to determine the branching and the kinetics involved in the fragmentation and cooling of PAHs upon UV excitation for various PAH species and to determine the corresponding signatures in order to shed light on interstellar carbon chemistry. This project is highly experimentally oriented, involving state-of-the-art and spectroscopic and molecular-beam techniques and setups, which have to be maintained and further constructed. Furthermore, new experimental approaches will have to be implemented.

The PhD candidate will be appointed at the University of Amsterdam within the framework of the Dutch Astrochemistry Network, recently funded by the Dutch Science Organization NWO. He/she will perform the experimental studies within a small research team and be part of collaborations with theory, astronomy, and other experimental groups, such as the Leiden Observatory, NASA Ames Research Center, and the FELIX Laboratory in Nijmegen. This will provide him/her with a well-rounded research in astrochemistry and position him/her well for a further career in this field.

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