|Newcastle upon Tyne
|£33,966 to £36,024 per annum
|20th November 2023
|5th January 2024
We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.
We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate in stellar astrophysics to join the UKRI-funded SYMPHONY project managed by Dr Dominic Bowman at Newcastle University. The SYMPHONY project combines photometric and spectroscopic data to perform asteroseismic modelling of massive stars, in particular evolved massive stars called Blue Supergiants, to measure their masses, ages and interior rotation profiles: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/symphony/. The growing astrophysics group at Newcastle University has wider expertise in galaxy evolution, cosmology, compact objects and MHD simulations, in addition to stellar astrophysics, and are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment.
The advertised vacancy is a 3+1 year research associate position to analyse spectroscopic data from ongoing and upcoming surveys using modern model atmosphere codes, combine them with state-of-the-art stellar structure and evolution models and constrain the interior and atmospheric physics of massive stars. Those with a strong research background in the quantitative analysis of spectroscopic data of massive stars, in particular Blue Supergiants, are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in related analysis methods relevant to massive stars, for example binarity, photometry and asteroseismology, are also welcome to apply. In addition to project-specific activities, successful applicants will be encouraged to pursue independent research.
The advertised position is offered on a fixed term basis for three years from its start date, with a possible extension of 1 year, and a maximal possible extension up until the project end date. The salary is on a progressive scale, with a Grade F starting salary (from £33,966), with generous funds available for travel, training and other support. The anticipated start date of 1 May 2024 is negotiable.
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