Moritz Schlick Postdoc Position In Extragalactic Archeology With Population-Dynamical Models

Universities and Institutes of Austria


October 31, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: University of Vienna
  • Research Field: Astronomy › Astrophysics
  • Researcher Profile: Recognised Researcher (R2) Established Researcher (R3)
  • Application Deadline: 31/10/2022 16:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Austria › Vienna
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/09/2023
  • The Moritz Schlick early-career programme at the University of Vienna supports early- stage postdocs with high potential for an academic career. Participants in the programme receive outstanding financial support as well as training and mentoring to allow them to develop their full potential.

    The Department of Astrophysics is offering a Moritz Schlick position (4+2 years) in the Dynamics of Stellar Systems research group of Prof. Glenn van de Ven.

    We seek an outstanding candidate to take a leading role in our research team in developing and applying novel techniques to state-of-the art photometric and spectroscopic observations of nearby galaxies to uncover their formation history. In particular, you will be part of the Vienna core team in charge of our pioneering code for orbital modelling of stellar systems which today is publicly released under the name DYNAMITE.

    We offer a stimulating research environment with staff working in various areas of astrophysics. Our team has privileged access to the Vienna Scientific Cluster super- computing facility. As a member state of ESO and ESA, Austria has access to their first- class observing facilities. A one-time €75,000 research fund will be made available.

    You should have a Doctoral/PhD degree in astronomy or astrophysics with affinity for programming, or in computer science or applied mathematics with affinity for astronomy. Excellent communication and very good programming skills in English are required, while expertise in dynamical modelling and stellar spectroscopy are assets. Participation in teaching and supervision of students is requested, while very good organizational skills are highly desirable

    If you are interested, please apply online HERE following the application instructions. This includes two recommendation letters to be submitted online or directly send to before the application deadline of 31 October 2022.

    Additional comments

    The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (https:// The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

    Offer Requirements
  • Astronomy: PhD or equivalent

    Computer science: PhD or equivalent

    Mathematics: PhD or equivalent

  • ENGLISH: Excellent


    Required qualifications are:

  • Doctoral/PhD degree in astronomy or astrophysics with affinity for programming, or in computer science/applied mathematics with affinity for astronomy/astrophysics
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

  • Excellent abilities to work in a team and to express yourself

  • Very good programming skills

  • Main-author publications in renowned subject-relevant media

  • Further desirable qualifications are:

  • Very good organizational skills

  • Experience in teaching and training

  • Experience in (co-)supervising students

  • Experience in (co-)organising events

  • Specific Requirements

    The position will involve the extension and synergy of our Schwarzschild orbit-superposition and discrete chemo-dynamical numerical codes. The combination of computationally intensive stellar population and dynamical models applied to state-of-the-art spectroscopic data will require novel optimisation algorithms and efficient programming. Therefore, it is an asset if the successful candidate has:

  • Experience in stellar dynamical modelling

  • Experience in stellar population modelling

  • Experience in stellar spectroscopy

  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: University of Vienna
  • Department: Department of Astrophysics
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // https: // https: // schlick-early-career-postdoc-programm/
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: Austria
  • City: Vienna
  • Postal Code: 1180
  • Street: Türkenschanzstraße 17
  • Phone: +43 1 4277 53806
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