PhD Position on Stellar Spectroscopic Archeology of Nearby Galaxies

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Vienna
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Tuerkenschanzstrasse 17
City: 
Vienna
State/Province: 
Vienna
Zip/Postal: 
1180
Country: 
Austria
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna is offering a 4-year PhD position on “Unveiling merged satellite galaxies from integrated-light spectroscopy” in the group of Prof. Glenn van de Ven with starting date as early as 1 March 2020. 

We seek an outstanding PhD candidate to work in our research team in which we develop and apply novel population-dynamical models to nearby galaxies to uncover their luminous and dark matter distribution as well as to unravel their formation history. Driven by gravity, galaxies continuously grow through accretion of smaller systems. While stellar streams only reflect the most recent accretion events as the stars quickly disperse, the birth place of stars remains imprinted in their chemical properties with accreted stars from satellite galaxies typically less enriched. The focus of the doctoral thesis will be to exploit this 'population memory' encoded in integrated-light spectroscopic observations to infer the contribution of accreted stars and subsequently unveil the now-merged satellite galaxies in which they were born.

We offer a stimulating research environment with staff working in various areas of astrophysics. Our team has privileged access to the Vienna Scientific Cluster super-computing facility. As a member state of ESO and ESA, Austria has access to their first-class observing facilities. Generous financial support for computing equipment and travel is available.

You should have a MSc degree in astronomy or astrophysics with affinity for programming. Good programming skills are highly desirable, while expertise in stellar spectroscopy and modelling are assets. Participation in teaching and supervision of students is requested, and excellent communication skills in English is required. 

If you are interested, please apply on-line via https://personalwesen.univie.ac.at/en/jobs-recruiting/job-center/ (job 9902) before the closing date of 30 November 2019. Your application should be a single PDF file that includes a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae including research experience, publications and presentations. You should also arrange for at least 2 persons to send a recommendation letter to glenn.vandeven@univie.ac.at (mentioning reference number 9902) by the closing date. 

Included Benefits: 

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Glenn van de Ven
Title: 
Prof. Dr.
Institution/Company: 
University of Vienna
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
Tuerkenschanzstrasse 17
City: 
Vienna
State/Province: 
Vienna
Zip/Postal Code: 
1180
Country: 
Austria
Phone: 
+43 1 4277 53806
Email: 
glenn.vandeven@univie.ac.at
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
9902
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Glenn van de Ven
Subject: 
PraeDoc 2020 Sats
Email: 
glenn.vandeven@univie.ac.at