Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

The astrophysics group at the University of Exeter invites applications for an Associate Research Fellow to work primarily with Professor Isabelle Baraffe on theoretical and numerical problems related to stellar physics and evolution. The post is available from April 1 2018 and for a duration of 3 years. A delayed start date is possible and can be discussed. The post is funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The post
The successful applicant will work on 3D hydrodynamical modelling of stellar interiors, using our time implicit and fully compressible multi-dimensional hydrodynamical code MUSIC developed by I. Baraffe, her team in Exeter and international collaborators (see The main purpose of the project is to describe and understand various processes central to stellar interiors and evolution.  Many of these processes require multi-D simulations in order to be correctly addressed. The goal is to derive new parametrisations of transport mechanisms for use in one-dimensional stellar evolution models. These transport coefficients, calculated from multi-dimensional calculations using MUSIC, can be tested against a wide range of available observations.  Examples of problems that we are studying include turbulent convection in convective envelopes, cores and burning shells, rotation and associated transport of angular momentum and chemical mixing in stellar interiors. The post-holder can also participate in further development of the MUSIC code.

About you
We welcome candidates with a strong background in computational or theoretical astrophysics, fluid dynamics and/or stellar/planetary interiors and evolution; prior experience of multi-dimensional simulations is particularly welcome. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent in Astrophysics, Physics, or related discipline (e.g. in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, computational methods).

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

What we can offer you

  • Local and national supercomputing resources and funds for computer equipment and travel.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

For further information regarding the post and the application, please contact Prof Isabelle Baraffe, e-mail: or telephone +44 1392 725123.

The starting salary will be from £34,520 up to £38,833 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

The Physics and Astronomy department currently holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award, in recognition of their commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

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

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