Research Associates in Astrophysics

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the Astrophysics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.  Up to three positions may be offered, depending on the availability of funding.  The successful candidates will work with academic staff (Dr Henrik Latter, Professor Gordon Ogilvie, Dr Roman Rafikov and Professor John Papaloizou FRS) on theoretical and computational projects related to the dynamics of accretion discs, the formation, evolution and dynamics of exoplanets, and the tidal interactions of planets, stars and discs.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2017, but the start date is flexible and could be delayed until October 2017 at the latest. The funds for these posts would be available for up to 3 years. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical astrophysics, fluid dynamics or magnetohydrodynamics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. The successful candidates must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Further information about the Astrophysics Group can be found at 

Informal enquiries may be made to Henrik Latter (, Gordon Ogilvie ( or Roman Rafikov (

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System.

Please quote reference LE10760 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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