MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work in the group of Prof. Lina Necib on galactic dynamics and dark matter research. The appointment is for 2 years, with a third year contingent upon performance. The start date is flexible within Fall 2021.
The successful candidate will analyze cosmological simulations and stellar catalogs with focus on Gaia DR3, available early 2022, to better understand the local dynamics of the Milky Way and deduce properties of dark matter. The postdoctoral researcher might also cross match catalogs, run cosmological simulations, and use machine learning methods to extract information from available datasets. They will have substantial freedom to suggest and work on projects related to stellar dynamics and dark matter.
Applicants must have a PhD in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related field by the start of the position. Expertise in data analysis and computing are required. Experience with cosmological simulations and/or stellar catalogs is preferred but not required. The successful applicant must have the ability to carry out an independent research program, and also work collaboratively with students and other members of the MKI community. The location of the position is Cambridge, Massachusetts; however, flexibility between in-person and remote work is anticipated if effects of the pandemic last into late 2021.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief statement of research interests (maximum 3 pages) and experience via both the MIT website (in a single pdf) and directly to Professor Lina Necib at email@example.com. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Necib via email. Women and under-represented groups are extremely encouraged to apply.
Any questions may also be directed to Professor Necib.
Consideration of materials will begin on January 8, 2021 and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.