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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Galaxy Cluster Physics

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: FS0358

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 Galaxy Cluster Physics. 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 its STFC Consolidated Grant. 

The successful applicant for this postdoctoral position will work in the area of computational astrophysics of galaxies and galaxy clusters, in particular in modelling the mutual interaction of cold/warm multiphase gas, star formation, and the hot intra-cluster medium. A three-year full-time appointment will be made. The successful candidate will work in an international team including collaborators from Europe and overseas who have spectacular observational data in hand to be compared to our simulation results. The collaborators potentially have funding for extended research visits that will boost the quality of the research output and the visibility of our team’s work.

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, astrophysics, or a closely-related field. Demonstrable skills in computational hydrodynamics and/or magneto-hydrodynamics as well as experience in high performance computing are highly desirable. 

The fellowship is available from as early as August 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 Elke Roediger, at, citing the job reference in the subject line. 

Please complete the online application form 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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