The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for two Research Associate positions in theoretical astrophysics. The successful applicants will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research related to the group's existing research programme, which covers a broad range of interlinked areas of contemporary astrophysics (including black hole & AGN physics, accretion discs, galactic dynamics & dark matter, star formation, and planet formation).
The first position focuses on feedback from supermassive black holes, and for this position we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in black hole accretion and feedback, or numerical hydrodynamics.
The second position focuses on the formation and dynamics of planetary systems, and here expertise in protoplanetary discs, planet formation or numerical hydrodynamics is highly desirable. However, in both cases all applicants with a strong background in theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics (or a related discipline), or expect to be awarded a PhD before taking up the position. The first position is available from 1st April 2014 (but this is negotiable), for three years; the second position is available from 1st October 2014, for two years. The salary scale is £31,331-£36,298, depending on experience. The successful applicants will have access to substantial expenses for relocation, travel and computing equipment, as well as extensive access to high-performance computing facilities.
Applications should be submitted electronically via the URL listed above.
Informal enquiries for the supermassive black hole feedback position should be directed to Prof Andrew King (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for the planet formation position to Dr Richard Alexander (email@example.com).
All applications received by 31st January 2014 will be given full consideration.