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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering/School of Physics and Astronomy/Institute for Astronomy

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 UE07 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Job Ref: 9111

UE07, £37,099 - £44,263 per annum

College of Science and Engineering/School of Physics and Astronomy/Institute for Astronomy

Fixed Term, 35 hours per week 

Starting date is flexible, but no later than 1st October 2024

Contract is 3 years if in role by 1st April 2024

1 post 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in galactic archaeology to work with Dr Sergey Koposov at the Institute for Astronomy, which is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. The aim is to work on the DESI Milky Way Survey data and specifically use the measurements of radial velocities and abundances to constrain the Milky Way accretion history and the dark matter distribution in the Galaxy. Applicants with a strong background in galactic archaeology, galactic dynamics, stellar streams, stellar chemistry being able to deal with large datasets, including spectroscopic ones would be a particular advantage. 

The Opportunity:

The main theme of research is galactic archaeology using DESI and possibly WEAVE data. The main effort will be in the analysis and modelling of the spectroscopic samples from DESI to make inferences about the Milky Way potential/accretion history and it is meant to be broad and open. Candidates are encouraged to take their initiatives to come up with new ideas and steer their own research directions, making use of the stimulating work environment at the IfA and the broader research community.  

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • A PhD or equivalent experience in astrophysics
  • Strong analytical and programming skills
  • Good level of independence and creativity
  • Excellent written and oral scientific communication skills
  • Record of high-quality lead-author refereed journal publications
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