Postdoctoral Research Appointments in Dynamical Evolution of Globular Clusters
Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford UK.
The astrophysics research group of the University of Surrey has 2 vacancies for postdoctoral researchers to work on the dynamical evolution of globular clusters. The posts are part of a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the P.I. is Prof. Mark Gieles. The goal of the project is to understand the origin of (Milky Way) globular clusters (GCs) by (1) using dynamical N-body simulations and (2) observations of the kinematics of Milky Way GCs. Both projects aim to use GCs to put constraints on the early phases of galaxy evolution. The successful candidates are expected to work on either one of these projects, but will have the freedom to pursue their own research program.
The first project focusses on numerical N-body simulations of GCs within realistic (time-dependent) boundary conditions set by the evolving host galaxy. The aim is to couple the physical scales of GCs and galaxies using existing (legacy) codes and follow the evolution of GCs and their debris (i.e. `cold' stellar streams) within the cosmological context. Substantial experience with dynamical models is desirable.
The second position focusses on kinematics of orbits of stars in the outer parts of GCs. The project will use radial velocity measurements (from the Gaia-ESO survey) and study the interaction between the gravitational potential of the GC and the tidal field of the Milky Way. A strong background in the dynamics of gravitational systems, data-mining and statistics is desirable.
The astrophysics research group of the University of Surrey offers a vibrant research environment with staff expertise in the area of computational astrophysics and numerical modelling on a range of physics scales (galactic nuclei, globular clusters, galaxies and cosmology), with a strong focus on science that provides synergy with the upcoming ESA-Gaia mission and related surveys.
Applicants must have (or have submitted) a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics by the time of appointment to the post. The salary scale is £29,541 to £36,298 p.a. depending on experience, plus competitive annual leave entitlement and an excellent pension scheme.
Please ensure that you specify which position you are applying for in your application.
Applicants can address informal enquiries about these positions to Prof. Mark Gieles (email@example.com)
Start date: 1st February 2014 or later by negotiation
Limit of tenure: 3 years (up to 4 years in exceptional cases).
Closing Date: 16 December 2013.
For applications and more information about benefits go to http://jobs.surrey.ac.uk