Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

The College wishes to recruit an ambitious, highly qualified Research Associate / Fellow to work with Prof. Stefan Kraus on observational studies related to protoplanetary disc structure and planet formation. This post is available for 2 years. The start date could be September 1, 2018, but earlier/later start dates will also be considered.

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). The post offers opportunities to work with our collaborators, for instance at the University of Michigan 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.

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

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. Starting salaries at the appropriate grade are:

Appointments will be made according to skills and experience in the following bands;

Postdoctoral Research Associate on Grade E from £28,452 - £32,958 per annum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Grade F from £33,943 - £38,183 per annum

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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