Post-Doctoral Position in Theoretical Stellar Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Keele University
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Group, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Street Line 1: 
Lennard-Jones Laboratories
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Keele University wishes to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to conduct research in theoretical stellar astrophysics. The appointed PDRA will work in the group of Prof Raphael Hirschi within the Astrophysics Group to conduct research on 3D hydrodynamic simulations of massive stars and theoretical stellar astrophysics for the STFC-funded project entitled “Synergetic 321D modelling of SN, NS and BH progenitors”, as part of the BRIDGCE UK consortium (

The appointed PDRA will lead the component of this project related to 3D-1D modelling of stellar interiors. This will include a range of computer simulations including in particular 3D hydrodynamics simulations with as main goal to improve modelling of convection in stellar evolution and produce next-generation progenitor models of SN, NS and BHs building synergy between 3D and 1D stellar modelling. The PDRA will also contribute to code development (including GPU porting) and be encouraged to develop their own research program and their leadership skills. The PDRA will benefit from the support of BRIDGCE collaborators Profs Alex Murphy (Edinburgh), Alison Laird (York) and Jorick Vink (Armagh) and SHYNE team collaborators (e.g. Prof Dave Arnett, Arizona, US).

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a PhD in theoretical stellar astrophysics or a related area and should have a demonstrated aptitude for research. Experience in 3D hydrodynamic simulations of stars (or stellar evolution modelling, theoretical work on stellar convection, rotation or magnetic fields) is highly desirable.

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We thus would actively welcome applications from women and individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

For full post details and to find out more about working at Keele please visit:

The appointment will initially be made for 2 years, with a start date no later than March 2022.

Interviews will be held in early December

Post reference: KU00002111

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$47000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$49834.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Raphael Hirschi
Keele University
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Prof Raphael Hirschi
PDRA in Theoretical Stellar Astrophysics