GECO Postdoctoral Research Associates

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Virginia
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Job Description

The University of Virginia (UVA) invites applications for three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions as part of our inaugural class of Galaxy Evolution and Cosmology (GECO) Fellows.

GECO Fellows will lead ambitious, independent research programs related to galaxy evolution and cosmology, expected to align with the wide range of research at UVA. The relevant themes include resolved stellar populations, near-field cosmology, the dark universe, and galaxy formation and evolution, from both theoretical and observational perspectives. UVA is a member of SDSS and has access to a range of telescope apertures and wavelengths (including LBT, MMT/Magellan). The UVA astronomy faculty have strong research ties to the scientific staff at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is located on the grounds of the University. Fellows will thus be part of a vibrant community of scientists from both UVA and NRAO.
GECO Fellows will participate in departmental activities, mentorship of students, and promote wider collaboration. All positions are initially one-year appointments, with renewal for an additional two one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered at UVA. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and This position also includes a research budget to be used to support equipment purchases, travel, networking and collaboration opportunities.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field, by the appointment start date.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at  and attach a single PDF document including a cover letter; curriculum vitae; list of publications; research statement of no more than three pages (including figures and references) describing the applicant’s past work, proposed research program, and potential synergies with the GECO themes listed above; and contact information for three references.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023, but the positions will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Nitya Kallivayalil ([email protected]). Additional points of contact for the GECO research program offerings are: Paul Torrey, Aaron Evans, Shane Davis, and Steve Majewski.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 30
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 15
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Nitya Kallivayalil