The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to join the Theoretical Extragalactic Research Group. The successful candidate is expected to carry out research within the framework of the SIBELIUS project, a campaign of high resolution cosmological hydrodynamic simulations of the Local Universe, funded by the Academy of Finland (PI: Till Sawala).
Applicants should have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field and experience with hydrodynamic simulations. In addition, good programming and data analysis skills and a demonstrated ability for independent work are considered highly advantageous.
The University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute in astrophysics and cosmology, with ~40 researchers in the field. The project includes collaboration with researchers in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada, and provides ample funding for travel. The successful applicant will have access to the Finnish national supercomputing centre, enjoy a stimulating work environment, and is encouraged to develop a unique research profile within the framework set by the research project. They will also assist in supervising a PhD student.
The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, extendable by one year based on satisfactory performance (2+1). The expected starting date is September 2018, but earlier or later dates are possible. Applications should include a CV, publication list, and a statement (max. 3 pages) of research interests. This should include a summary of past research achievements and statement of future plans. Electronic submission in pdf format to the email address above is strongly preferred. The applicant should also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent by the same date. Prior informal enquiries via email are also most welcome.