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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering, Institute for Astronomy

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2018
Closes: 7th January 2019
Job Ref: 046240

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, to work on dynamical models of the Milky Way--LMC interaction in the Gaia era.

The main scientific goal is to develop novel dynamical techniques to (i) describe the measured phase-space distribution of stellar tracers orbiting in out-of-equilibrium gravitational systems, and (ii) infer the underlying (time-dependent) potential of the Milky Way and the LMC via fitting non-equilibrium dynamical models to existing astrometric & spectroscopic data sets, with particular emphasis on Gaia data.

We are seeking applicants with a strong background in galaxy dynamics and N-body simulations. Expertise in Bayesian analysis would be a particular advantage.  Successful candidates would have access to substantial 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 1st April 2019.  The position is open to applicants of all nationalities; applications from minorities are strongly encouraged.

Applicants should supply a CV, bibliography, plus a research proposal of up to three pages.  Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Jorge Peñarrubia (

As recognized by our Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver awards, the School is committed to advancing gender equality and we aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working. We recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum

Vacancy Ref: 046240

Closing Date: 07-JAN-2019 at 5pm GMT

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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