Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan (UM), to start on or after July 1, 2020. The appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, contingent on positive yearly progress evaluations and availability of funding.The postdoc will work with Dr. Monica Valluri on dynamical modeling and simulation of Milky Way halo. The focus of this position will be on modeling data from Gaia and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). UM hosts a vibrant astrophysics research community within the Astronomy and Physics Departments and has a significant number of faculty working on galactic dynamics and stellar populations. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in astronomy or physics, or expect to receive one before their start date. A strong candidate will have a publication record in Galactic or extragalactic astrophysics; ideally with a background in computational astrophysics and/or dynamical modeling of discrete stellar data. Experience with working with simulations, and significant programming experience is highly desirable. The candidate is asked to submit the following application materials as a single pdf file no later than December 20th, 2020.
• A cover letter that summarizes the candidate's experience and ability to meet the responsibilities of the position.
• A Research Statement including a brief description of research interests, past research and future plans (no more than 3 pages).
• A CV, including a list of publications.
In addition, the candidate should ask for three letters of reference to be submitted directly via email to email@example.com We encourage applications from people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in astronomy. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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