Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Cosmology

Durham University - Department of Physics

Contract Type: Full Time & Fixed Term (36 months)

Closing Date: 19th April 2017 (Midday)

This post is funded by the STFC research council (RF040511)

Starting date is 01/09/2017. Exact start date is negotiable.

Contact for informal enquiries: Professor Shaun Cole

About the Post

This is a fixed-term position in Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC). The post concerns running and analysing cosmological simulations to study the Local Group. The successful candidate will probe the dwarf galaxy population of the Local Group, including the satellite dwarfs of the Milky Way and M31.

This will include using cosmological simulations to study the star formation histories, mass evolution and interaction history of dwarfs. The candidate will use simulations to study the stellar haloes surrounding Milky Way mass galaxies, and explore the link between stellar haloes and the accretion of dwarf galaxies. They will also work on generating and analysing mock catalogues of Milky Way mass galaxies to compare with observational data from surveys such as Gaia.

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