The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University, (West Cambridge site) has vacancies for at least three postdoctoral researchers to work on the theme “Protoplanetary Discs”. These are European Council funded positions working with Professor Cathie Clarke, the P.I. for the project. The study is particularly focused on the role of self-gravity in the early stages of disc evolution and will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations, modeling both planet formation by fragmentation and the evolution of solid material in the disc. A related activity is to link such simulations to disc observations, particularly upcoming ALMA observations. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling and/or radiative transfer and disc photochemistry is thus highly desirable for these positions.
Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field or have submitted by time of appointment. The current Research Associate salary scale is £27,854 to £36,298 p.a., depending on experience, plus superannuation benefits. In exceptional cases appointment of more experienced candidates at the level of Senior Research Associate (£37,382 to £47,314) is possible. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Applications must be made via the on-line system accessible via the link above. The names and contact details of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references (in response to the online generated request) by the 9th December. If you have any queries about your application, please email pdrec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk
Further information can be obtained from Professor Cathie Clarke (cclarke(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)
Start date: From 1st February 2014 or later by negotiation
Limit of Tenure: 3 years (up to five years in exceptional cases)
Closing Date: 2nd December 2013
Please quote Vacancy Reference LG01739