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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis

University of Hull - Physics - School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Location: Hull
Salary: £33,519 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th June 2018
Closes: 16th August 2018
Job Ref: FS0357

Campus: Hull

Faculty/Area: Faculty of Science and Engineering

The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull invites applications for a new postdoctoral research position in Computational Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis. The successful applicant will join a vibrant, rapidly expanding, and collaborative group, and contribute to our ambitious plans to consolidate one of the premier centres for astrophysics within the country. Established in Oct 2015, as part of the University’s ambitious plans to establish a focal point for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enablement, the Milne Centre has flourished, with a significant uptake in undergraduate physics and mathematics programmes, the appointment of (now) 7 permanent staff, 1 research staff, and 25 postgraduate students. Research at the Milne Centre includes solar astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, astro-chemistry of dust and on galactic scales, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, and cosmology; and covers both theoretical and observational aspects. Despite its relative youth, the Milne Centre has already hosted both the 2016 STFC Summer School and the 2017 National Astronomy Meeting, and successfully secured funding for two additional researchers through a successful STFC Consolidated Grant.

The successful applicant for this postdoctoral position will work in the field of computational astrophysics. An initial three-year full-time appointment will be made in the field of theoretical stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, nuclear astrophysics, and chemical evolution of the elements. Special interest will be given to the production of elements heavier than iron, and on the study of the intermediate-neutron capture process in stars. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the international NuGrid collaboration and the UK BRIDGCE collaboration, while extensive opportunities for establishing long-term international collaborations are also provided by the established links between the E.A. Milne Centre and the NSF’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics. The successful candidate will have direct access to Hull’s new High Performance (HPC) Computing Facility, ‘viper’ (5,500 cores,, one of the country’s most powerful HPC facilities. Milne Centre members are major users of this facility and have strong representation on the HPC Board and its Steering Committee.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely-related field. Demonstrable skills in computational stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis and/or chemical evolution simulations and data analysis will be required. Experience in high performance computing is highly desirable. The fellowship is available from as early as September 2018. The appointment will be made at the University's Band 7 level. You can learn more about this position and apply online at

To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr Marco Pignatari (, citing the job reference in the subject line. Please complete the online application and upload your CV, a summary of your interests and potential collaborative research plans for the coming 2-3 years in your application. Show also how you meet the criteria of the given person specification.

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