Postdoctoral Associate, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Massachusetts, United States
25 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI), to join the group of Professor Lina Necib on galactic dynamics and dark matter research. Will analyze cosmological simulations and stellar catalogs with a focus on Gaia DR3, available early 2022, to better understand the local dynamics of the Milky Way and deduce properties of dark matter. May also cross match catalogs, run cosmological simulations, and use machine learning methods to extract information from available datasets. The position offers substantial freedom to suggest and work on projects related to stellar dynamics and dark matter. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related field by the start of the position, expertise in data analysis and computing, and the ability to both carry out an independent research program and to work collaboratively with students and other members of the MKI community. PREFERRED: experience with cosmological simulations and/or stellar catalogs. Job #19159

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief statement of research interests (maximum three pages) and experience via both the MIT website (in a single pdf) and directly to Professor Lina Necib at Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Necib via email. Questions about the position may also be directed to Professor Necib.

While the position is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, flexibility between in-person and remote work is anticipated if effects of the pandemic last into late 2021.

The appointment is for two years, with a third year contingent upon performance. The start date is flexible within Fall 2021.

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