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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astrophysics

University of Central Lancashire - School of Engineering and Computing

Location: Preston
Salary: £28,759 to £32,982
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: 0026-24

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, University of Central Lancashire, is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos on the of field computational planet formation. The project will focus on determining the chemical composition of disc-instability planets. This is a 3-year, STFC-funded position and it will be available for start from 1st April 2024, or soon thereafter.

Applicants must have a PhD in Astrophysics or in a closely related field. The successful applicant will be expected to have previous experience in computational astrophysics. Experience in hydrodynamic simulations modelling protostellar discs and planet formation is highly desirable. Hands-on experience in using SPH codes (e.g. PHANTOM), chemical evolution codes, or radiative transfer codes will be beneficial. Funds for computing resources and conference/collaboration travelling may be provided.

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is comprised of ~30 staff with a wide range of interests that cover theoretical and observational aspects of star formation, exoplanets, and life in the Universe. The Institute is located on the University's main campus, on a pleasant site in the centre of Preston. Preston topped the charts of the top 10 family-friendly towns and cities in the UK in 2023. The city is nestled on the edge of the beautiful Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lake District, Peak District, and Yorkshire Dales are all within an hour reach. Both Manchester and Liverpool are just 45 minutes away.

For informal inquires potential applicants may contact Dr Dimitris Stamatellos at dstamatellos@uclan.ac.uk

As part of your application, please can you ensure you include a copy of your CV, publication list and a short statement of your current and future research interest (2 page maximum).

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We are proud to be a diverse, multicultural university. We are committed to building a truly inclusive culture where diversity is championed. Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who will support the diversification within the University and support its development of a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

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Applicants applying for roles in regulated activity and that are listed as an exception under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be required to disclose any spent and unspent convictions and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check at the appropriate level, UCLan will only ask an applicant to make an application for a DBS check if they are legally entitled to.

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