Research Associate in Theoretical Stellar Astrophysics

Keele University - Faculty of Natural Sciences

Keele University wishes to appoint a Research Associate in order to conduct research on theoretical stellar astrophysics.

The appointed Research Associate will work in the group of Dr Raphael Hirschi within the Astrophysics Group at Keele University as part of an ERC-funded project entitled “Stellar HYdrodynamics, Nucleosynthesis and Evolution” (SHYNE). The ERC starting grant awarded to Dr Hirschi provides funding for a dedicated 1000+-CPU-core computer cluster, including 288 CPU-cores sharing memory via numascale technology.

You will lead the component of this project related to 3D-1D modelling of stellar interiors. This will include a range of computer simulations including 1D stellar evolution and 3D hydrodynamics simulations with as main goal to improve modelling of convection and rotation in stellar evolution. The PDRA will also contribute to the other components of the project and be encouraged to develop their own research program and their leadership skills.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a PhD in theoretical stellar astrophysics or a related area and should have a demonstrated aptitude for research. Experience in stellar evolution modelling, 3D hydrodynamic simulations or parallel programming (CUDA/MPI/OpenMP) is highly desirable.

For more details of this post and the Keele Astrophysics Group, and for information on how to apply, see

For further enquiries please contact Dr Raphael Hirschi at

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce.  We strive to ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.  

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Shortlisting will take place shortly after the deadline

Interviews will be conducted remotely (via skype or similar technology) in the second half of November

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