Postdoctoral Scholar - Near-field Cosmology and Galactic Dynamics

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Astronomy

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Near-field Cosmology and Galactic Dynamics

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Astronomy is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to collaborate on near-field cosmology and Galactic dynamics. Areas of possible collaboration include studying populations of tidal remnants in observations and/or simulations, and preparing for and using data from the Rubin Observatory LSST to study the Milky Way and the nature of dark matter. The successful candidate will have substantial freedom to work on independent projects related to near-field cosmology and Galactic dynamics.  As a member of UW Astronomy, the successful candidate will also have access to our large share of the Apache Point Observatory 3.5m, to the Zwicky Transient Facility and LSST, department computing resources on a UW supercomputer, and to the expertise in Astronomy's Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics & Cosmology (DIRAC) center and UW's eScience program.

Appointments are 100% FTE for 24 months, renewable for an additional 12 months subject to approval and availability of funding. The base salary range for this position is $5705-$6167 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or closely related field. Applicants are required to have a PhD, or foreign equivalent, by the starting date.

Desired Qualifications: Theoretical or observational expertise in near-field cosmology or Galactic dynamics





Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae,  research statement (maximum length 3 pages), diversity statement, as well as contact information for three letters of recommendation.  The diversity statement should address how your activities at UW could contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals (maximum length, 1 page; for more information see UW's Husky BluePrint (link here).

For questions please contact Professor Nora Shipp at 


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