The Institute for Astronomy of the ETH Zurich, Star and Planet Formation Research Group (led by Professor Michael Meyer) invites applications for a post-doctoral position to study the formation and evolution of star clusters. Our group is involved in two large surveys to collect radial velocities of stars in young clusters in advance of the ESA GAIA Mission: the ESO-GAIA Public Spectroscopic Survey (PIs: G. Gilmore and S. Randich) and the SDSS-III APOGEE ancillary science program IN-SYNC (PIs: K. Covey and J. Tan). We have also undertaken a suite of N-body simulations in support of this work (under the leadership of R. Parker). More information can be found at http://www.astro.ethz.ch/meyer/index
Salaries will be commensurate with experience, beginning at CHF 85’300, with initial appointments of 2+1 years, up to a maximum of six. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with students at all levels and will be expected to contribute to our on-going participation in existing large surveys and simulations, as well as propose new avenues for research.
Switzerland is a member of ESO and ESA, and successful applicants will have full access to their facilities. The Institute for Astronomy maintains a network of workstations, as well as a wide range of high performance computing options. Members of the Institute also play a leading role in the Swiss STARFORM project, linking observations, simulations, and theoretical models of molecular clouds and subsequent star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies. Interested applicants will also be welcome to explore research opportunities in the Laboratory for Astronomical Instrumentation.
Applications are invited from all nationalities and should consist of a CV and brief descriptions of past/proposed research (combined length not to exceed 10 pages). A separate publication list should be attached. Materials should be sent electronically in a single pdf file. This file, as well as three letters of reference (sent directly by the referees) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.