Origins Fellowship

University of Hull - Physics - School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull invites applications for a new postdoctoral research position in Computational  Galaxy Physics or Galactic Habitability. The successful applicant will join a vibrant, rapidly expanding, and collaborative group, and contribute to our ambitious plans to establish one of the United Kingdom's premier centres for astrophysics within the country’s recently announced "City of Culture”. These plans have seen the appointment of seven new permanent astrophysics staff over the past two years, in addition to 15 new postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

An initial two-year full-time appointment will be made in the field of theoretical or computational galaxy formation/evolution, with a third year contingent upon funding.

The fellow will become an integral member of the group’s “Galactic Archaeology” efforts.  Applicants should have a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely-related field. Demonstrable skills in the development or analysis of N-body/hydrodynamical simulations of galaxy formation and/or galactic chemical evolution modelling will be required.

The successful candidate will have open access to ‘viper’, the University of Hull’s new High Performance Computing (HPC) Facility; commissioned in June 2016, ‘viper’ is one of the country’s most powerful HPC facilities.  Further, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the European Southern Observatory’s 4MOST consortium, including its Galactic Archaeology experiments, through the University’s recent partnership investment.

The University of Hull is one of the most picturesque campuses in the country, with the city and region enjoying a peerless appreciation for and support of science and mathematics, in part thanks to the historical connection to both Arthur Milne and John Venn. A series of landmark  announcements are planned for Astrophysics @ Hull, leading up to the 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations.

The fellowship is available from as early as January 2017.

The appointment will be made at the University's Band 6 level. You can learn more about this position and apply online at To discuss this role informally, please contact Professor Brad Gibson, Director of the Milne Centre, at

Only on-line applications are accepted. Please include your CV, a summary of your interests and potential collaborative research plans for the coming 2-3 years in your application. Show also how you meet the criteria of the given person specification.

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The University of Hull is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in every aspect of our recruitment processes.

Hull will be UK City of Culture in 2017. The University of Hull was part of the City of Culture team throughout the bidding process and remains a key player in Hull’s cultural heritage. The campus will be the venue for City of Culture events, and its alumni, students and staff will be personally involved.

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