Graduate Position, Queen’s University – Galaxy Dynamics

Graduate Position, Queen’s University – Galaxy Dynamics

A photo of the Andromeda Galaxy. Photo credit: Bryan Goff.

This position represents an open-ended call for applicants. Applications and communications from qualified, interested candidates are welcome at any time.

This position is open to those with or finishing an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, astronomy and astrophysics, computer science, or related equivalent who have a strong interest in theoretical astrophysics and specifically investigations of galaxy dynamics related to dark matter. This opportunity is flexible in term, and may be a 2 year Master’s of Science (MSc) or 4 year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) position depending on the interest of the successful candidate.Domestic and International candidates are welcome to apply.

The successful candidate will work on galaxy dynamics investigations using machine learning and data science, coding and simulations, and/or calculations with data from GAIA. This position is located at Queen’s University under the supervision of Prof. Larry Widrow. The project includes working in a collaborative research group as well as in a competitive, fast-paced field.

The potential project, depending on the candidate’s interest and skill set, would include working directly with GAIA data, creating, running, and analyzing N-body simulations, and applying machine learning techniques to large data sets to learn more about the Milky Way Galaxy, dark matter in our galaxy, and how the Milky Way Galaxy interacts with its dark matter halo.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Larry before applying. You can find how to apply to Queen’s University for graduate positions here. Please note that the deadline to apply is December 15, 2021 for Fall 2022 acceptance, but applications are welcome at any time.