Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Astrophysics Group 

Postdoctoral Research Associate on Grade E from £28,452 - £32,958 per annum and Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Grade F from £33,943 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.

The College wishes to recruit an ambitious, highly qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with Prof. Stefan Kraus on observational studies related to protoplanetary disc structure and planet formation. 

This post is available for 36 months. The start date could be as early as November 2017, but later dates will also be considered. 

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. 

The successful candidate will work in the context of a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant project that conducts instrumentation work in infrared interferometry in order to enable breakthrough results in imaging time-variable, planet-induced structures in the inner-most AU of protoplanetary discs. The work will centre on obtaining the observations, combining them with complementary data, and interpreting them with the latest physical models. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in radiative transfer modelling of complex multi-wavelength data sets and/or in high-angular imaging techniques (e.g. ALMA, VLTI, adaptive optics). Prior experience with the technique of interferometry is not required, but would be an asset. The post offers opportunities to work with our collaborators, for instance at the University of Michigan and at Georgia State University, and includes funding for computing equipment & travel as well as guaranteed access to the Exeter supercomputing facilities. 

Applicants must possess a PhD in Astronomy or a related discipline, or expect to have earned one before taking up the position. The successful applicant will possess specialist knowledge in the field of radiative transfer modelling, in high angular resolution imaging, or in the theory of protoplanetary discs or planet formation. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the field and will be expected to contribute to the currently-being established VLTI Expertise Centre network during a small fraction of his/her time. We will provide assistance with relocation costs where eligible. 

The successful candidate will be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level. 

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Prof. Stefan Kraus, telephone +44 1392 724125 or email 

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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