Research Fellow in Astrophysics - AR2024ML

University of St Andrews - School of Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking an ambitious Research Fellow to work on the formation of brown dwarfs and free-floating planets.

Applications are invited for an active researcher in the area of star and planet formation.  The fellow will work with Dr. Aleks Scholz and the SONYC collaboration on a multi-faceted observational study of young brown dwarfs, using data from JWST, Gaia, Kepler/K2 and JCMT. SONYC is short for 'Substellar Objects in Nearby Young Clusters', an international long-term project to investigate young brown dwarfs down to masses comparable to giant planets. The team has Guaranteed Time for Cycle 1 at the James Webb Space Telescope and access to the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope as well as the Las Cumbres Observatory global telescope network.

The School of Physics & Astronomy offers a vibrant and modern work environment. Astrophysics research in St Andrews combines theoretical, numerical and observational research in star formation, protoplanetary discs, extra-solar planets, stellar magnetic activity, star-planet interaction, gravitational lensing, active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics and cosmology. The School hosts members of the recently founded cross-disciplinary Center for Exoplanet Science.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field by the appointment start date, with experience in multi-wavelength or time-domain observations of young stellar or substellar objects. The position is available for a starting date between  1 May 2017 and 1 September 2018, for a period of three years.  The position is supported by an STFC consolidated grant and includes funds for computing and travel.  Benefits include medical coverage by the National Health Service. 

Informal enquiries to Dr Aleks Scholz, e-mail: 

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interests, and arrange for two letters of reference to be provided.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

Closing Date: 1 March 2017                                                           

We encourage applicants to apply online at, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack. 

Please quote ref: AR2024ML                                   

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532).

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