University of Oxford, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

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Position ID:Oxford-Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics-138357 [#12963, 138357]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Galaxy Dynamics (up to two posts)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PU, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Astrophysics Theory
Appl Deadline:2019/02/04 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2018/12/10, finished 2019/08/11, listed until 2019/02/04)
Position Description:    

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Oxford University, Physics Department, Theoretical Physics Sub Department

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Galaxy Dynamics (up to two posts)
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to perform research on the history and dynamics of the Milky Way with James Binney, John Magorrian and Ralph Schoenrich at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. The positions are supported from the Oxford Astrophysics STFC consolidated grant.

The posts are available for a fixed-term period of 2 years starting between 1 April 2019 and 1 December 2019, with possible extension for a third year. Each PDRA will take responsibility for one of the following research themes: 1) producing dynamical models of the collisionless (stars and dark matter) content of our Galaxy; 2) producing a 4-dimensional map of the Galaxy's interstellar medium and incorporating this map into models of the collisionless components; 3) developing evolutionary models to piece together the history of the Milky Way.

Postholders are expected to conduct research in collaboration with the grant holders (Binney, Magorrian and Schoenrich). Duties will include carrying out research in theoretical astrophysics within the general areas supported by the STFC grant; related tasks will include collaborating in the preparation of reports and journal articles, presenting papers at conferences and workshops, and representing the group at meetings / seminars. The post-holders will have the opportunity to teach. The successful candidates should hold, or be close to completion of a PhD/DPhil in physics, or a closely related field. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: stellar evolution, stellar dynamics, physical cosmology, ISM physics, Bayesian inference.

Please direct enquiries about the role to one of the grant holders:,,

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 06 February 2019 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application. Referees will need to submit references to Academicjobsonline.

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Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PU
United Kingdom

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