Two postdoc positions in Galactic Archaeology at Lund Observatory are open for applications. Studies of stars and stellar systems is a broad research field that has gained momentum thanks to the European astrometric satellite Gaia. Lund Observatory is deeply involved in Gaia and related science, such as the Gaia-ESO survey and 4MOST (a massively multiplex spectroscopic facility being built for ESO’s VISTA telescope), which both provide spectroscopic complement for Gaia targets. We are also part of the PLATO asteroseismic science team.
We are seeking postdocs having a background within a broad range of stellar studies, both observational and theoretical.
The postdocs will be free to define their own research in collaboration with the stellar population researcher in Lund but will be required to work on 4MOST and PLATO. One of them will work in 4MOST 30-40% of their time. The exact work depends on the skill set and interests of the applicant. The other will work 40% of their time in PLATO WP125200, which will provide stellar parameters for the asteroseismic analysis of stars.
Research at Lund Observatory includes work on stellar populations, exoplanets, high energy astrophysics and research related to Gaia, in particular the astrometric solution.
The applicants should, at the start of the contract, hold a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field. The PhD should have been obtained within three years prior to the deadline.
Both positions are available for two years with the potential for a third year. The positions are available from January 2018, but starting dates as late as August 2018 are possible.
The application should include a CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. The statement of research interests should include your own research to be carried out in Lund as well as an indication of specific interests related to 4MOST and/or PLATO. Names and contact information of three persons willing to give references should be supplied.