Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD fellowship in the area of galaxy formation and evolution at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen. The student will work with Assistant Prof. John McKean on the analysis of high angular resolution radio (JVLA, e-MERLIN, VLBI) and optical/infrared (HST, Keck adaptive optics) observations of galaxy-scale gravitational lenses. The aim of the project is to investigate the abundance of low mass dark matter substructure within these galaxies and place important constraints on models for galaxy formation and dark matter.
The student will join the vibrant research environment at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, which currently has 41 PhD students, 19 Postdocs and 17 Academic Staff. Also, the student will be expected to travel to work with collaborators in the USA, UK and Germany. The position comes with a generous salary and social security benefits for the duration of the fellowship. There will also be funds available for travel and computing.
The position is available immediately, but the start date can be extended to 30 November 2014 at the latest. Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending i) a one-page statement on their scientific interests and research experience, ii) a curriculum vitae and iii) a copy of academic transcripts to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The candidate should also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent by their authors to the same address.
The review of applications will begin on 1 March 2014, but late applications will be accepted until the position is filled.