Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - School of Physics and Astronomy

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory Edinburgh. The position is part of an initiative in the formation of galaxies during the Epoch of Reionization (EoR) and their impact on the Circumgalactic Medium, led by Profs Avery Meiksin and Sadegh Khochfar.

We aim to use multiple simulation techniques to address key questions in galaxy formation, concentrating on observed signatures of circumgalactic gas during the Epoch of Reionization, with a particular goal of understanding the origin of metal absorption lines. We also expect the simulations to provide mock datasets for major new surveys, investigating how such data may be used to disentangle the roles of stellar feedback, black holes, and the metagalactic photoionizing background during the EoR on circumgalactic gas properties.

We are seeking applicants with a strong background in cosmological simulations, theoretical astrophysics, the manipulation of large datasets, and studies of the Intergalactic Medium (IGM). Expertise in hydrodynamic simulations and/or the analysis of quasar absorption line spectra in the context of the IGM would be a particular advantage. Successful candidates would have access to computational resources, including Archer - the UK National Supercomputer.

The contract will be for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extension. The start date is nominally September 2018, but with flexibility; the completion of a PhD is required by the start date. The position is open to applicants of all nationalities; applications from minorities are strongly encouraged. Applicants should supply a CV, bibliography, the names of two referees, plus a research proposal of up to three pages, all contained within a single pdf file. Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Avery Meiksin (meiksin@ed.ac.uk). Letters of recommendation from two referees should be sent directly by email to Prof Meiksin by the closing date. 

Closing Date: 15 January 2018 at 5pm GMT

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