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Postdoctoral Position in Galactic Archaeology with Kepler, K2, and the TESS missions at Aarhus University 949510

The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( at Aarhus University invite applications for a postdoctoral position in Galactic Archaeology with Kepler, K2, and the TESS missions. Candidates with expertise in theoretical aspects of Galactic structure, dynamics or Galactic archaeology are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is funded by the Sapere Aude program of the Danish Council for Independent Research.

The Postdoc will be involved in comparisons between observed and predicted properties of stellar populations in the Milky Way. Important areas of work for the successful applicant may include determination of stellar properties in large surveys, Galactic dynamics and chemical evolution, modeling of stellar populations in the Milky Way.

The candidate will be embedded in Dr. Victor Silva Aguirre’s research group, and also form part of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) at Aarhus University. SAC is a world leader in the fields of asteroseismology, stellar structure and evolution, planetary systems, and characterization of stellar populations for galactic archaeology. The group plays a prominent role in the use of data from the NASA Kepler/K2 and TESS mission, as well as large-scale stellar surveys such as APOGEE and Gaia. The successful candidate will have access to data from these surveys, and is encouraged to explore innovative research themes and synergies.

The close to 30 senior scientists, postdocs, and PhD students, and many visitors at SAC provide an exciting and vibrant working environment. We have also access to telescopes through the Danish membership of European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT). SAC has established direct scientific collaborations with research groups from The University of Sydney, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, The Ohio State University, and Oxford University.
It is foreseen that the successful applicant will take part in the teaching activities in astrophysics and supervision of students (all teaching and supervision can be done in English). The amount of teaching will cover less than 20 per cent of the total working hours.

Candidates for the postdoctoral fellowship must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or equivalent, by the date of their appointment. The starting date is expected to be in summer 2018, but the exact date is negotiable.

The duration of the position is three years.

Further informationInquires about the position should be addressed to Dr. Victor Silva Aguirre (

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Place of work and area of employment  

The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.   

Aarhus University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, nationality or religion.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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