The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester invites applications for one or more Research Associates in Observational/Theoretical studies of Accretion Discs. The Research Associate(s) will join the team led by Professor Chris Nixon, to work on the project "A new approach to understanding accretion discs" funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant. This project is a collaboration with Professor Jim Pringle (University of Cambridge), Professor Tom Marsh (University of Warwick), and Professor Tim Naylor (University of Exeter). This project seeks to advance our understanding of accretion dynamics through complimentary observational and theoretical modelling of accretion discs. The successful candidate(s) will have existing skills in observational and/or theoretical astrophysics that are relevant to the study of accretion discs. The position(s) are funded for three years.
The successful applicant(s) will carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to collaborate more widely both within the School of Physics and Astronomy at Leicester, and through international collaborations including the EU funded Dustbusters programme (https://dustbusters.fisica.unimi.it). We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in observational and/or theoretical research applied to accretion discs, but all applicants with a strong background in observational and/or 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 position is available from 1st September 2022, but the starting date is flexible. The salary scale is £35,326 - £38,587, depending on experience. The successful applicant will have access to resources for travel and computing equipment, as well as extensive access to both local and national high-performance computing facilities.
Applications should be made through the University of Leicester website by clicking the link below. Applicants should provide a CV, list of publications, a 3-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of three academic referees.