University of Auckland, Physics

Position ID:University of Auckland-Physics-POSTDOC [#12941]
Position Title: Understanding the stars and galaxies associated with gravitational wave events
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Auckland, Auckland 1150, New Zealand [map]
Subject Areas: Astronomy / Observational
Astrophysics / Gravitational Waves, Black holes, Computational Astrophysics, Numerical Simulations, Theoretical Astrophysics, Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2019/01/21 finished (2018/12/06, finished 2019/07/28)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The University of Auckland is hiring a post-doc to study the host galaxies of gravitational wave events with Dr JJ Eldridge's group working in stellar evolution, population and spectral synthesis.

The specific focus for this position is the star-formation history of host galaxies of gravitational wave events and constraints on the progenitor systems of GW events. This will be done by developing code to use spectral-energy distributions and gravitational wave event rates calculated from the Binary Population and Spectral Synthesis (BPASS, and observations of the host-galaxies of GW events and other transients. here will be considerable scope to pursue other studies that also require understanding the star-formation history of galaxies.

We strongly encourage all interested candidates to apply. Due to the nature of the project we do not expect candidates to have previous experience in all relevant subfields required for the project to succeed. In addition to Eldridge, the successful candidate will work with Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Stanway (University of Warwick) and Dr Anna McLeod (Berkeley).

The astrophysics group at the University of Auckland currently consists of 3 faculty, 4 PhD students and 2 post-docs, with interests ranging from early-Universe cosmology to extrasolar planets. The University of Auckland has access to national High Performance Computing facilities, is part of the LSST collaboration and there will be travel support.

This is a fixed-term, three year position and will be available from March 2019 at an initial annual salary of NZ$83,457.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading university and Auckland itself frequently appears on lists of the world's most liveable cities. The Department of Physics strives to provide a positive and supportive environment for all staff and students and we particularly welcome applications from members of groups who are traditionally under-represented in the physical sciences. The Department holds a Bronze Pleiades award from the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Please apply through Academic Jobs Online, with a CV, research summary and three letters of recommendation. We will be happy to answer any questions about this position; please contact JJ Eldridge at Assessment of applications will begin on January 21 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
The Department of Physics
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand

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