Post-doctoral Research Associate 'Massive Stars in Starburst Regions'

University of Sheffield - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science 


The Department is seeking to appoint an astrophysics Post-doctoral Research Assistant to work with Professor Paul Crowther on a research project entitled “Massive Stars in Starburst Regions”, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This position is to support an observational programme based upon ground- and space-based datasets from Very Large Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Key questions to be addressed involve the contribution of individual stars to the integrated light in starburst regions, the binary fraction of massive stars in starburst regions and the origin of very massive stars.

You will take a lead role in the analysis of existing spectroscopic datasets, and should have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field (or have equivalent experience). Preference will be given to applicants with observational or theoretical experience in one or more of the following fields: stellar atmospheres, evolution of massive stars, young star clusters. A good track record of published research is also expected.

You will have a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline and have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to write reports and experience in delivering presentations. Ideally you will have an observational or theoretical research background in stellar atmospheres, evolution of massive stars or young star clusters and a good track record of published research.

The post is on a fixed-term basis for 17 months with an anticipated start date of 3 January 2017 to 31 May 2018.

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