Postdoctoral Researcher in Protoplanetary and Debris discs

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The Faculty wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to work with Dr. Sebastian Marino at the Astrophysics Group at Exeter investigating the formation of exoKuiper belts (debris discs) in protoplanetary discs, also in collaboration with Dr. Sebastiaan Krijt. The successful applicant will use numerical simulations of dust and gas evolution in protoplanetary discs to investigate how exoKuiper belts form. The output of those simulations will be compared with the latest ALMA observations from the ALMA Large Program ARKS (led by Sebastian Marino) and constraints on the presence of planets in debris discs from ongoing JWST programs led by researchers at Exeter. We are especially interested in candidates with interest and experience studying the evolution of dust in protoplanetary discs. The successful applicant will also be able to work and co-supervise PhD, Masters and summer students.

The Astrophysics group is one of the largest groups in the UK studying stars and planets, with a wide variety of observational, theoretical and numerical programs. Among its academic staff doing active research on exoplanetary science are Prof Isabelle Baraffe, Prof Matthew Bate, Prof Tim Harries, Dr Raphaëlle Haywood, Prof Sasha Hinkley, Dr Eric Hébrard, Prof Stefan Kraus, Dr Sebastiaan Krijt, Prof Nathan Mayne, Prof Tim Naylor and Dr Sebastian Marino.

This is a Royal Society-funded post available for 3 years with a start date in October 2024. Earlier or later starting times in 2024 are possible. 

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion for Associate) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be experienced in the study of protoplanetary or debris discs and be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as a team leader as required. Applicants should be able to understand the basic principles behind dust evolution in protoplanetary discs and planetesimal formation, have the skills to run and adapt dust evolution and N-body simulations in their local computer and remote clusters, and ideally have some experience producing synthetic observations of discs using radiative transfer software. Knowledge of protoplanetary disc dispersion processes, planetesimal formation, planet-disc interaction, planet migration and dust collisional evolution would be also valuable.


The starting salary for an Associate will be from £32,982 on Grade E. For a Fellow, it will be from £41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application and Additional Information:

Applicants should follow instructions at the application website below and submit as a single PDF a CV including a publication list, cover letter and Research Statement (2 pages max). Reference letters will only be required for short-listed candidates.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. 

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

Included Benefits: 

- 41 days leave per year

- Options for flexible working

- Numerous discounts at leading retailers

- Onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle-to-work scheme

- Sector-leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy

- Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 1, 2024
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Sebastian Marino
Senior Research Fellow (proleptic)
University of Exeter
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
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