Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, to work on dynamical models of the Milky Way–LMC interaction in the Gaia era.
The main scientific goal is to develop novel dynamical techniques to (i) describe the measured phase-space distribution of stellar tracers orbiting in out-of-equilibrium gravitational systems, and (ii) infer the underlying (time-dependent) potential of the Milky Way and the LMC via fitting non-equilibrium dynamical models to existing astrometric & spectroscopic data sets, with particular emphasis on Gaia data.
We are seeking applicants with a strong background in galaxy dynamics and N-body simulations. Expertise in Bayesian analysis would be a particular advantage. Successful candidates would have access to substantial computational resources, including Archer - the UK National Supercomputer.
The contract will be for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extension. The start date is nominally September 2018, but with significant flexibility. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The annual salary is £32,548 to £ 38,833 plus superannuation benefits (salary scale UE07). The position is open to applicants of all nationalities; applications from minorities are strongly encouraged.
Applicants should supply a CV, bibliography, plus a research proposal of up to three pages. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Jorge Peñarrubia (email@example.com). Letters of recommendation from two referees should be sent directly by email to Dr Peñarrubia by the closing date.