Sophie and Tycho Brahe Research Programme – University of Copenhagen

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The Brahe research programme funds visiting professorships and postdoctoral fellowships named after the most eminent cosmologists Denmark has ever produced. Its purpose is to promote or create strong international connections and collaborations in the area of cosmology.

The programme involves

  • A visiting professorship, to bring a world-leading cosmologist to Copenhagen, establishing a lasting connection between DARK and that scientist and their home institution.
  • A Brahe prize postdoctoral fellowship programme aimed at attracting young researchers with outstanding research accomplishment and showing promise of future achievement. The fellowships will naturally be coherent with the visiting professorships, cementing and deepening the collaborative ties between DARK and a major foreign research institute. Brahe fellows spend 2 years at DARK and 1 year at the collaborating institution.

Brahe Visiting Professors:

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, University of California at Santa Cruz. Enrico's research focuses on the violent universe with an emphasis on stellar explosions, gamma-ray bursts and accretion phenomena. He is interested in understanding the physical processes that govern accretion onto relativistic objects such as black holes and neutron stars.

Josh Bloom, University of California Berkeley. Josh's primary interest is in gamma-ray bursts, and using GRBs as probes to study the universe, gaining unique insights into everything from the details of winds around massive stars to the nature of mysterious damped lyman-alpha systems to the redshift of reionization.

Priyamvada Natarajan, Yale University. Priya works with gravitational lensing, probing the distribution of dark matter on galaxy and cluster scales; accretion physics, probing the accretion history of supermassive black holes, and the dynamics of gas flows in Active Galactic Nuclei and X-ray binaries; and galaxy formation, feedback processes from quasar outflows and supernovae in galaxy formation.

Eiichiro Komatsu, Univeristy of Texas, Austin. Eiichiro works with cosmic microwave background radiation anisotropy and polarization; inflationary scenarios of the early universe; alternative theories of gravity; radio band observational cosmology. He is currently the director of the Texas Cosmology Center. In 2012 he takes up a a new position as Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching, Germany.

Steven Allen, Stanford University.  Steve's primary research interests are X-ray astronomy and observational cosmology, studying the physics of galaxy clusters, supermassive black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Steve is associated with KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrohysics and Cosmology).

Brahe Postdoctoral Fellows:

Justyn Maund (PhD University of Cambridge, postdoc University of Texas, Austin). Justyn works with the nature of cosmic explosions (SNe and GRBs), primarily on polarisation studies of SNe.

Berian James (PhD University of Edinburgh). Berian works with observational cosmology, comprising statistics of large-scale structure, galaxy clustering and supernovae type Ia.

Johan Richard (PhD Toulouse LATT, postdoc Durham University and CalTech).  Johan works in the field of observational cosmology, principally focused on gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters.

Anja von der Linden (PhD Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, postdoc KIPAC/Stanford). Anja works on clusters of galaxies as cosmological probes, dark and baryonic matter distributions and galaxy populations, as well as gravitational lensing.

2013 Brahe Fellow application deadline is 1 December 2012. More info coming.