Postdoctoral position with the Milky Way-Gaia group at the ICCUB

The Milky Way-Gaia group offers a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB) of the University of Barcelona in the project Complex Phase Mixing in Gaia-DR3 funded by the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación and by European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR granted to Dr. Teresa Antoja ( The postdoc will be part of the Gaia-UB group ( with about 25 scientists and engineers of the Gaia mission. The research of this project focuses on the dynamics of the Milky Way disc through modelling of the measurements by Gaia and WEAVE. Candidates should hold a PhD in physics, astronomy, or related fields, at the starting date of the contract. They are expected to have expertise in at least one (preferably more than one) of the topics of galactic dynamics, Milky Way, galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy simulations, analysis of large (Milky Way) surveys.

Employment conditions:
The position is offered for 1.5 year, with the possibility of 6 months of extension based on funding and performance. The contract is expected to begin around January 2024. Gross annual salary is about 30.000€, depending on the experience. This includes social security and public healthcare benefits, covering spouse and children.

Application procedure and deadline:
Applicants should provide:

- curriculum vitae

- list of publications

- letter of motivation including research experience and interests (2 pages max).

Please fill out this link with your information and the information of two referees who will provide recommendation letters for you. The referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters.

Please note that your application will not be complete until you and at least one referee has uploaded the corresponding documents.

The application deadline is October 15th.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to Esther Pallarés (

For inquiries about the scientific aspects, please contact Teresa Antoja (

About the Institute of Cosmos Sciences:
Relevant to the offered position, researchers of the institute have broad interests, including galactic dynamics, open and globular clusters, stellar physics, star formation, models of galaxy formation and evolution, the Large Magellanic Clouds, computational astrophysics, data analysis, cloud computing.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2022: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colorful neighborhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

Contract funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR.