Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

The Astrophysics Group at the University Of Exeter (UK) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow to work with Dr. Clare Dobbs on the formation and evolution of stellar clusters.  This fixed-term position is available for 3 years, beginning as early as 1st April 2018, but no later than September 2018.

The primary aim of the project is to use numerical simulations to determine how the properties of stellar clusters relate to the initial conditions (e.g. densities, structure, large scale dynamics) of the molecular clouds from which they form. The successful applicant will be expected to perform numerical simulations of gas going through a spiral arm investigating the conversion of gas to stars, the role of stellar feedback in dispersing gas clouds, and the distribution and dynamics of the resulting stellar clusters.

Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline (or equivalent experience) or expect to have obtained one before taking up the position.  Applicants will also have experience working with numerical codes, ideally (magneto)hydrodynamic and / or N-body codes.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

For further information please contact Clare Dobbs (

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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