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Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Extragalactic Astrophysics – University of Colorado, Boulder
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado Boulder starting around September 2020, to work with Prof. Julie Comerford on numerical and theoretical studies of galaxy mergers. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on (1) using simulated galaxy mergers to inform better observational identifications of mergers, and/or (2) measuring the galaxy merger rate, by using simulations to determine cosmological populations of mergers as well as merger timescales. This project will ultimately combine the galaxy merger rate with constraints on the gravitational wave background measured by pulsar timing arrays, in order to constrain supermassive black hole binary stalling timescales. New ideas and research proposals in the fields of galaxy mergers and binary supermassive black holes are also encouraged.
Who We Are
The Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the Universe in which we live through observations, theory, and the development of ground-based and space-borne instrumentation. Founded in 1985, CASA is an affiliated unit within the structure of the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on (1) using simulated galaxy mergers to inform better observational identifications of mergers, and/or (2) measuring the galaxy merger rate, by using simulations to determine cosmological populations of mergers as well as merger timescales.
What We Can Offer
The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress. The position includes a competitive salary, research/travel funds, and access to CU’s Summit supercomputer.
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What We Require
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics on arrival.
What We Would Like You To Have
Experience with hydrodynamics simulations of galaxy evolution is preferred.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
Resume/CV (including a list of publications)
Transcripts/Proof of Degree
Statement of research philosophy - Brief (up to 3 pages) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program on galaxy mergers
Three letters of recommendation to be emailed as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full consideration will be given to applications that are completed by November 18, 2019.
Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs.
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Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu
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