Research Fellow in Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 30, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Surrey
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDRA) position in the Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Surrey, working with Dr. Payel Das in the area of galactic archaeology, dynamics and evolution. The position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, 'Galactic archaeology beyond the near field', aimed at understanding the evolution of nearby galaxies, including our own, through synergies between unprecedented data and new state-of-the-art chemo-dynamical models.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in astronomy, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline. Experience with galactic dynamics and/or exploiting integral field unit (IFU) data is desirable. Candidates should apply on-line and provide both a curriculum vitae (including a publication list) and a 2-3 page statement of research interests.

The astrophysics group at the University of Surrey has interests in both observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics with particular focus on near-field cosmology, stellar evolution, galaxy formation & evolution, and modelling of gravitational wave sources. The group participates in a range of national and international projects, working with partner universities across the South East Physics (SEPnet) network.

This is a two-year position, with a possible extension for a further two years. The preferred start date is 1st September 2020, though a later start may be possible on request.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Pavel Das ( for further information. As part of your application, please upload two letters of recommendation as supporting documents.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,817).

Salary range: £31,866 - £40,322 per annum

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Compensation Notes: 
Please see advert for salary range.
Included Benefits: 

We offer a generous annual leave allowance, defined pension scheme, exclusive discounted membership for the Surrey Sports Park, and on-site childcare facilities.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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