Postdoc. Researcher - Stellar Dynamical Archeology

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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European Southern Observatory
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Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
Garching bei München
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Postdoctoral Research Position in Stellar Dynamical Archeology

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is looking to fill a postdoctoral research position to work with Dr. Glenn van de Ven on “Globular clusters as living fossils of the past of galaxies” funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through Consolidator Grant ArcheoDyn.

The goal is to mine Globular Clusters (GCs) as living fossils of galaxy evolution to address fundamental questions in astrophysics: Do GCs harbour the intermediate mass black holes predicted as seeds of the super-massive black holes in galaxies? Can the origin of multiple stellar populations in GCs be uncovered from distinct dynamical fossil signatures? Can we recover disrupted satellite galaxies from the GCs they left in the host galaxy?

You will have the opportunity to work within a dedicated team on these forefront science questions, while profiting from the international environment at ESO and other renowned institutes on the campus in Garching and in downtown Munich. You are expected to immerse in the team and actively participate in ESO’s scientific life as well as communicate and support the team’s scientific efforts in the international astronomical community.

Expertise in dynamical modeling and stellar spectroscopy are assets, while good programming skills are highly desirable. The position will involve the extension and synergy of our Schwarzschild orbit-superposition and discrete chemo-dynamical numerical codes. The combination of computationally intensive stellar population and dynamical models applied to state-of-the-art spectroscopic data will require novel optimisation algorithms and efficient programming. The resulting population-dynamical code will be a unique and powerful tool in uncovering the past of galaxies in a cosmological context.

The appointment will start with an initial period of one year followed by a two-year extension (three years in total) with a starting date anticipated by 1 October 2018 (with limited flexibility thereafter)

If you are interested, please apply online via the ESO Recruitment Portal before the closing date of 30 November 2017. Your application should include a cover/motivation letter, a curriculum vitae (with a summary of relevant experience and a list of publications), and a statement of research interests (maximum of two pages). You should also arrange for three persons willing to provide a recommendation letter by the same closing date. Applicants are strongly advised to trigger automatic invitations to these persons via the web application form well in advance of the closing date. Candidates will be notified about of the results of the selection process before 15 February 2018.

For further information on the ArcheoDyn project please see For inquiries on the application procedure you may consult Pauline Conlon (, while questions on the research position may be addressed to Glenn van de Ven (

No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.

Included Benefits: 

The ERC consolidator grant provides ample funds for computing, travel and training. We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in day care. For further information, please view ESO's conditions of employment

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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