The Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) at the University of Zürich offers a postdoctoral position in star and galaxy formation using simulations and mock observations. Successful applicants will join the STARFORM Project, a joint effort of the University of Geneva, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich. STARFORM is a Swiss collaboration whose objectives are to understand the star formation process from observational, theoretical, and computational points of view. We seek to explore star formation within nearby molecular clouds, in the Milky Way as a whole and in distant galaxies, using in particular infrared and millimeter observations and comparing them to state-of-the-art simulations. More informations can be found at http://obswww.unige.ch/wordpress/starform.
The postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zürich will be in charge of generating mock sub-millimeter observations using galaxy-scale high-resolution simulations. This requires expertise in molecular physics and radiative transfer, as well as a strong experience in using complex hydrodynamics and self-gravity codes. The simulations will be performed using the RAMSES AMR code, in collaboration and under the supervision of Prof. Teyssier, the main author of the code. This position is initially for two years with a possibility of further extensions. Postdoctoral salaries are in the range 85,000-90,000 CHF. Scientific computing infrastructure is very strong at ITP and includes the zbox4 supercomputer and strong connections with the Swiss supercomputing centre in Lugano. Zurich offers a very dynamic and international living environment and is consistently ranked as the world's best city for quality of living by the Mercer survey. Please apply by December 15th, 2012, following instructions at the url http://www.itp.uzh.ch/jobs.
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