Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Extragalactic Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Colorado, Boulder
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado Boulder, starting around August/September 2020, to work with Prof. Julie Comerford on numerical and theoretical studies of galaxy mergers.  The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on (1) using simulated galaxy mergers to create mock images to inform better observational identifications of mergers, and/or (2) measuring the galaxy merger rate, by using hydrodynamics simulations to determine cosmological populations of mergers as well as merger timescales.  This project will ultimately combine the galaxy merger rate with constraints on the gravitational wave background measured by pulsar timing arrays, in order to constrain supermassive black hole binary stalling timescales.  New ideas and research proposals in the fields of galaxy mergers and binary supermassive black holes are also encouraged.

Experience with hydrodynamics simulations of galaxy evolution is preferred.  Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics on arrival.  The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.  The position includes a competitive salary, research/travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities.

To apply, email a single PDF containing:

- Cover letter

- CV, including list of publications

- Brief (up to 3 page) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program on galaxy mergers

Also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed as PDFs.  Complete applications received by November 18, 2019, will receive full consideration.


The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 18, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Julie Comerford