The Department of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna is offering a postdoctoral research position in the group of Prof. Glenn van de Ven, funded by the European Research Council through Consolidator Grant ArcheoDyn. The starting date can be as early as 1 September 2019 and the duration is for 3 years with a possibility for a 4th year.
We seek an outstanding candidate to complement our research team to mine Globular Clusters (GCs) as living fossils of galaxy evolution. The focus of the position is on the question whether the origin of multiple stellar populations in GCs can be uncovered from distinct dynamical fossil signatures? To infer these signatures, the candidate will further develop and apply our novel population-dynamical models to simultaneously fit the observed motions and population properties of stars in GCs.
We offer a stimulating research environment with staff working in various areas of astrophysics. Our team has privileged access to the Vienna Scientific Cluster super-computing facility. As a member state of ESO and ESA, Austria has access to their first-class observing facilities. Generous financial support for computing equipment and travel is available.
You should have a Doctoral/PhD degree in astronomy or astrophysics with affinity for programming, or in computer science or applied mathematics with affinity for astronomy. Very good programming skills are highly desirable, while expertise in dynamical modelling and stellar spectroscopy are assets. Participation in teaching and supervision is requested, and excellent communication skills in English are required.
If you are interested, please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of 15 August 2019. Your application should be a single PDF file that includes a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae (with a list of publications and presentations), and a statement of research interests (maximum of two pages). You should also arrange for 3 persons to send a recommendation letter to email@example.com by the closing date.