Research Associates in Theoretical Astrophysics

University of Leicester - Physics and Astronomy

Open ended contract subject to fixed term funding until 30 May 2021.

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are one of the top universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for one or more post-doctoral Research Associate positions in Theoretical Astrophysics. This position is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant awarded to Dr Richard Alexander, and will initially be for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension depending on progress and funding considerations.

The project (“BuildingPlanS”) will use large suites of numerical simulations to link the architectures of observed exoplanet systems to their formation in protoplanetary discs. The successful applicant will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to collaborate more widely within the Theoretical Astrophysics Group (whose existing research programme includes star and planet formation, AGN physics, accretion discs, galactic dynamics & dark matter). We are therefore particularly interested in candidates with expertise in protoplanetary discs, planet formation and migration, or numerical hydrodynamics, but all applicants with a strong background in theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply.

Please click here to see the Job Summary for this position.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Richard Alexander on or 0116 252 3543.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 31 January 2018.

We anticipate that assessments will take place on 14 February 2018.

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