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Research Associate

Keele University - Faculty of Natural Science

Location: Keele
Salary: Grade 7 Starting salary £34,304 - £42,149 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2021
Closes: 17th November 2021
Job Ref: KU00002111


“Theoretical Stellar Astrophysics”

(Fixed-term for at least 24 months)

Grade 7 Starting salary £34,304 – £42,149 per annum

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience.  With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.  Further information can be found at

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a team of staff in Keele University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences.  The Faculty is responsible for School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

We wish to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) starting as soon as possible (no later than mid-March 2022), to conduct research in theoretical stellar astrophysics.

The appointed PDRA will work in the group of Prof Raphael Hirschi within the Astrophysics Group to conduct research on 3D hydrodynamic simulations of massive stars and theoretical stellar astrophysics for the STFC-funded project entitled “Synergetic 321D modelling of SN, NS and BH progenitors”, as part of the BRIDGCE UK consortium (

The appointed PDRA will lead the component of this project related to 3D-1D modelling of stellar interiors. This will include a range of computer simulations including in particular 3D hydrodynamics simulations with as main goal to improve modelling of convection in stellar evolution and produce next-generation progenitor models of SN, NS and BHs building synergy between 3D and 1D stellar modelling. The PDRA will also contribute to code development (including GPU porting) and be encouraged to develop their own research program and their leadership skills. The PDRA will benefit from the support of BRIDGCE collaborators Profs Alex Murphy (Edinburgh), Alison Laird (York) and Jorick Vink (Armagh) and SHYNE team collaborators (e.g. Prof Dave Arnett, Arizona, US).

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a PhD in theoretical stellar astrophysics or a related area and should have a demonstrated aptitude for research. Experience in 3D hydrodynamic simulations of stars (or stellar evolution modelling, theoretical work on stellar convection, rotation or magnetic fields) is highly desirable.

The appointment will initially be made for 2 years, with a start date no later than March 2022. For more details of the Keele Astrophysics Group, see .

For further enquiries, contact Prof Raphael Hirschi at

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We strive to ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.  

The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

For full post details and to find out more about working at Keele please visit:

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

Closing date for applications: 17th November 2021

Interviews will be held on: early December (exact date tbc)

Reference: KU00002111

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