Research Associate in Theoretical Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Leicester
Department Name: 
Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
University Road
Street Line 2: 
Leicester
City: 
Leicester
State/Province: 
Leicester
Zip/Postal: 
L1 7RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate position in Theoretical Astrophysics. This position is funded for a period of three years by the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC, a UK government Research Council) grant awarded to Prof. Walter Dehnen.

The project is concerned with the dynamics of the Milky Way galaxy, especially its stellar disc in the wider Solar neighbourhood. You will analyse the Gaia data with particular emphasis on non-equilibrium features, such as breathing (e.g. spirals) and bending (e.g. warp) waves. The goal of the project is to understand qualitatively and quantitatively the non-equilibrium properties of the Milky Way and thereby ultimately overcome the fundamental limitations of dynamical equilibrium models. To this end, we plan to pursue both theoretical tools (perturbation theory) and detailed high-resolution N-body simulations. We are also interested in exploring the application of machine learning methodologies to this problem.

You will carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to collaborate more widely within the Theoretical Astrophysics Group (whose existing research programme includes planet formation, AGN physics, accretion discs, galactic dynamics, and dark matter). As the project will be conducted in collaboration with Ralph Schönrich (Oxford), Sven de Rijcke (Ghent), and Joachim Stadel (Zurich) and as the PI (Dehnen) is also affiliated with Munich university, there will be opportunity for travel and international collaborations.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 19, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Professor Walter Dehnen
Title: 
Professor
Institution/Company: 
University of Leicester
Department Name: 
Physics & Astronomy Department
Street Line 1: 
University Road
City: 
Leicester
State/Province: 
Leicester
Zip/Postal Code: 
LE1 7RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Email: 
wdehnen64@gmail.com
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Professor Walter Dehnen
Subject: 
Research Associate in Theoretical Astrophysics
Email: 
wdehnen64@gmail.com