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Life & Death of Stars

Interstellar Medium, Molecular Clouds, Star Formation & Evolution, Supernovae & Their Remnants, Long Gamma-ray Bursts, Cosmic Rays

Image credit: ALMA / ESO / NAOJ / NRAO / Alexandra Angelich, NRAO / AUI / NSF.

Stars are the fundamental building blocks and probes of the Universe. They are formed in stellar nurseries enshrouded by dust and gas, and end their lives in violent explosions, creating some of the most captivating events one can witness. Faculty in CIERA study, model, and observe many stages of a star’s life from birth to death, the planets formed around them, how they impact their environments, as well as the compact remnants they leave behind.

Research at CIERA

Evolving to the end states of stellar evolution, Professor Fong’s team uses radio and optical observations to study and model relativistic explosions called gamma-ray bursts and their host galaxy environments, probing star formation from the local neighborhood to the high-redshift Universe. Professor Margutti’s group uses multi-wavelength observations to study the last chapter of the stellar story including gamma-ray bursts, the most luminous supernovae, and new classes of enigmatic transients. Professor Tchekhovskoy uses state-of-the-art simulations to study the formation of relativistic jets in core-collapse gamma ready busts.




Postdoctoral Positions in Time-Domain and Multi-messenger Astrophysics

Deadline: 11:59pm, December 1, 2018

CIERA invites applications for two postdoctoral associate research positions with Professor Raffaella Margutti in the area of Time-Domain and Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The subject of investigation includes supernovae, tidal disruptions of stars by super-massive black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources.

Postdoctoral Position in Transient Astrophysics

Deadline: 11:59pm, December 15, 2018

The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position with Professor Wen-fai Fong in the field of astrophysical transients. Specific areas include discovery and characterization of EM counterparts to gravitational wave sources, gamma-ray bursts, and host galaxy environments. The successful candidate will lead and