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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wide-Field Extragalactic Archaeology

The University of Edinburgh - School of Physics & Astronomy - Institute for Astronomy

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 5th January 2024
Job Ref: 9155

This post is full-time - 35 hours per week

Contract type - Fixed term - 4 months

The opportunity:

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wide-Field Extragalactic Archaeology. The successful candidate will join the research group of Prof. Annette Ferguson at the Institute for Astronomy, which is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.

The research goal of the position is to use wide-field photometric data to study the archaeological record in nearby galaxies. The successful candidate will exploit observational datasets from Subaru’s Hyper Suprime-Cam and the CFHT’s MegaCam to conduct analyses of stellar halos and globular cluster systems, and place constraints on galaxy assembly histories.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in Astronomy or a related subject, and relevant research experience in resolved stellar populations, globular star clusters and stellar halo analyses. 
  • Strong analytical and programming skills, and a good knowledge of statistics.
  • Record of high-quality lead-author and co-authored refereed journal publications (relative to career stage).
  • Good level of independence and creativity.
  • Excellent written and oral scientific communication skills.
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