Stellar Modelling Research Fellow, Asteroseismology

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Hours: Full-time

Contract duration: Fixed-term for up to 54 months  

Applications are invited to join the Solar and Stellar Physics Group at Birmingham as part of its ongoing expansion and development, to work primarily with Dr Andrea Miglio and collaborators on the ERC-funded project Asterochronometry - Galactic archeology with high temporal resolution.

The Asterochronometry project will determine accurate, precise ages for tens of thousands of stars in the Galaxy by developing novel star-dating methods that fully utilise the potential of individual pulsation modes, coupled with a careful appraisal of systematic uncertainties on age deriving from our limited understanding of stellar physics.

The research team will capitalise on opportunities provided by the timely availability of astrometric, spectroscopic, and asteroseismic data to build and data-mine chrono-chemo-dynamical maps of regions of the Milky Way probed by the space missions CoRoT, Kepler, K2, and TESS and reconstruct the early star formation history of the Milky Way’s main constituents.

The project will develop in a collaborative environment involving close links with several institutes, including Potsdam, Geneva, Padova, Liège, MSSL, Surrey, and the Stellar Astrophysics Centre. Generous travel funds will be provided for visits to collaborators and to attend major meetings in the field.

The candidates will be part of the Solar and Stellar Physics group ( and will benefit from working in a team with complementary expertise (observation, data analysis, astrostatistics, stellar modelling, exoplanets) and with a strong international outlook.

In addition to planning and developing research contributions to the subject area using methodologies, critical evaluations, interpretations, analyses and other appropriate techniques, the successful applicant will work on developing, testing, and applying novel procedures to determine precise and accurate properties of tens of thousands of stars by fully utilising the potential of individual solar-like pulsation modes detected by space-borne photometric missions.  A crucial task for the appointee will be to critically appraise how numerical and systematic uncertainties in stellar model predictions impact on the inferred stellar properties (in particular ages). 

Skills and experience

You will have:

  • A PhD in Physics, Astronomy;
  • Experience and expertise in modelling the structure and evolution of stars, and their global pulsation modes (in particular solar-like oscillations).

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Andreas Miglio;
Closing date: 18 April 2018

Reference: 58902

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 58902 in all enquiries.

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