We are seeking a highly motivated researcher for a three-year position available from April 2013. This position will be based within the Blackett Laboratory Astrophysics Research Group to work with Dr. Subhanjoy Mohanty. The aim of the project is to understand the linked processes of star and planet formation and evolution, with particular emphasis on: understanding the viability of the magneto-rotational instability (MRI) in driving disk accretion, and the effects of the MRI on suitable zones for planet formation; understanding the dust and gas properties of protoplanetary disks, using optical to radio observations; formulating a detailed theory of rotational evolution in low-mass stars; and modeling the atmospheric evaporation of planets in the Habitable Zone around M dwarfs, due to rotation-dependent stellar X-ray/UV radiation. Depending on the expertise of the successful candidate, opportunities exist to work on one or all of these inter-related sub-projects, using observations, MHD theory and numerical simulations. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the Department’s teaching activities up to approximately half a day per week during the academic year, as appropriate.
A PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience in physics, together with a strong background in astrophysics and along with a strong background in at least one of the following subjects – star formation, planet formation or stellar accretion disks – is essential. Experience with coding, either astronomical data processing, or astrophysical simulations, is also essential. Experience with non-ideal MHD theory and its astrophysical applications would be valuable, but is not essential.
You must have an enthusiastic approach to research, with strong written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for scientific publications. Excellent verbal communication skills, the ability to deal with a wide range of people and to interact successfully with others to learn and teach new skills are essential. A flexible attitude towards work, as well as being open-minded and cooperative are must haves. The ability to develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods, as well as a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to work independently and show initiative, are also essential.
Our preferred method of application is online via our website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/employment (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2012276SC into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV, list of publications, and the names of three referees.
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Salary £32,100 - £40,720 per annum