The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for one or more post-doctoral Research Associate positions. These positions are funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant awarded to Dr Richard Alexander, and will initially be for a period of three years, with 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. The successful applicant 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 therefore 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.
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 May 2018, but the starting date can be flexible. The salary scale is £33,518 to £38,833, depending on experience. The successful applicant 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 made through the University of Leicester website by clicking the link below. Applicants should provide a CV, list of publications, and a 3-page statement of research interests. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Alexander.