The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites applications for a Postdoctoral research position in Theoretical Astrophysics to join the newly founded group "Milky Way Accretion History" which is part of the Dwarf Galaxies and the Galactic Halo section. Research in this section is largely based on studying the merging history of the Milky Way through stellar populations using large surveys as well as numerical models of the Galaxy. The postdoctoral researcher will work primarily with Chervin Laporte on cosmological simulations of Milky Way-like systems. Funding is provided by the European Research Council (ERC) through the VIA LACTEA Starting Grant project “Numerical Simulations of the Milky Way's Accretion History ”.
The position begins in September 2020 and includes support for travel, computing and access to HPC supercomputers. The applicant is expected to have or shortly receive a PhD in Physics or Astronomy. The initial appointment will be made for 2 years, with a possible extension of up to a maximum of 5 years, depending on performance and availability of funds. Experience on using high performance computing for performing and analysing cosmological simulations of galaxy formation would be advantageous. The salary is based on the German public service scale (TV-L 13). The AIP is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and particularly encourages applications from women and minorities.
The AIP is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the South-western border of the Berlin metropolitan area. About 130 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics covering the full range from solar physics to cosmology. Potsdam is also the home of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Institute for Physics & Astronomy of Potsdam University and several other research institutions.
To apply, please send a PDF file containing a research statement (up to 3 pages), a curriculum vitae and publication list, to Chervin Laporte via email@example.com by December 31th 2019. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address by the same date. Review of applications will begin on 1st January 2020, and continue until the position is filled.