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3-year Research Fellow in Nonlinear Structure Formation

Posted: January 23 2020
by David Fonseca Mota
A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nonlinear Structure Formation in Dark energy, Dark Matter and Modified Gravity theories is available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is heavily involved in both observational and theoretical/computational astrophysics. The Institute is actively engaged in a large number of international collaborative programs, e.g., through the Norwegian membership in ESA, Norwegian participation in the Nordic Optical Telescope, the CMB polarization experiment Spider, the CO Mapping Array Pathfinder experiment (COMAP), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the VLT Multi-Object Optical and Near-IR Spectrograph (MOONS). Space missions with major participation from ITA include PLANCK and EUCLID within cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics. In theoretical and computational astrophysics, the Institute has built up strong groups in numerical simulations, high performance computing and the use of modern computational statistics methods in data analysis.

For this position, we are seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to join the Cosmology group. The position is funded by Dr. David F. Mota’s national grant from the Research Council of Norway entitled “Unveiling the Nature of Gravity at Galaxy Cluster Scales”. The successful candidate will work on nonlinear structure formation within the framework of dark energy, dark matter and modified gravity theories using numerical simulations.
The main work includes designing, performing and/or analyzing simulations to confront with multi-wavelength observations of galaxies and clusters, and to investigate the degeneracies between small scale baryonic physics and models of dark energy, dark matter and modified gravity.

The successful candidate will collaborate closely with professor Hans Winther and professor Sijing Shen of the extra-galactic group at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. The candidate will also have opportunities to participate in the Euclid collaboration, and to develop her/his own projects.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

Candidates with any of the following expertise are strongly encouraged to apply:
1) cosmological simulations: N-body and/or hydrodynamic;
2) numerical galaxy formation;
3) star formation, Supernovae and AGN feedback;
4) nonlinear observational tests of dark energy, dark matter and modified gravity

We offer
Salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications
Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
Professionally stimulating working environment
Vibrant international academic environment
Postdoctoral development programmes
Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply
Online applications only:

The application must include:
Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
Research statement, detailing possible research projects and how they will benefit from participating in Dr. Mota’s research group
CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
List of Publications
Copies of educational certificates
Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail)
2-3 letters of references, sent directly to David Mota ([Log in to view email])

The application with attachments must be delivered in the electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job” here:
Contact: David Mota ([Log in to view email])
Letters of Reference should be sent to: [Log in to view email]
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