Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

This new full-time post is available from 1 April 2018 on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2021. 

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a 3 year project involving the development of a new mean-field dynamo theory based on nonlinear frequency averaging (rather than time or space averages). This STFC funded post, titled Nonlinear frequency averaging in mean-field dynamo theory” is available from 1 April 2018 with the possibility of delay until 1 October 2018. The successful applicant will have a background in applied mathematics and partial differential equations, or similar. They will have an interest in developing, running, and analysing data from direct numerical simulations of magnetohydrodynamics. 

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics or a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in applied mathematics and/or fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • 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.

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 Beth Wingate (, and Joanne Mason (

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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