Sergey Koposov


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Research Interests

Galactic archaeology, Milky Way structure, Hyper-velocity stars, Large surveys, Statistics, Machine Larning


I have graduated from the Physics/Astronomy department of Moscow State University in 2006. After that  I've started my PhD in the University of Heidelberg with Hans-Walter Rix in Max-Planch Institute for Astronomy. I've defended my thesis on 'Understanding the Milky Way Halo through Large Surveys' in 2009. I then joined the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge as a research associate. In 2016 I received the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship to continue working in Cambridge, but in 2017 I moved to  Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA as an assistant professor in the MacWilliams Center for Cosmology. I was promoted to associate professor in 2020. In the same year I moved to Institute of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh as a Reader in Observational Astronomy.

Education/Academic qualification

Astrophysics, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Univ Heidelberg

2006Dec 2009

Award Date: 11 Dec 2009

External positions

Affiliated associate professor, Inst. of Astronomy, Madingley Rd., Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK

Jul 2017 → …

Assistant/associate professor, Carnegie Mellon University

14 Feb 20172020

Research associate, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

1 Oct 20091 Mar 2017


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