The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for a Research Associate position in Theoretical Astrophysics. The position is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant awarded to Dr Richard Alexander and has the possibility of extension depending on progress and funding considerations.
The project (“BuildingPlanS”) will use large suites of numerical simulations to link the architectures of observed exoplanet systems to their formation in protoplanetary discs. You will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to collaborate more widely within the Theoretical Astrophysics Group (whose existing research programme includes star and planet formation, AGN physics, accretion discs, galactic dynamics & dark matter).
We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in protoplanetary discs, planet formation and migration, or numerical hydrodynamics, but all applicants with a strong background in theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply. With a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics (or a closely related subject), you will be able to evidence your experience in presenting results at national and international meetings. We are looking for a self-starter with a passion for the subject matter, using this to foster new collaborations with national and international experts.
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