Postdoctoral Position in Solar, Stellar and Exoplanet Sciences

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Publish Date: 
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Archive Date: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Devon, UK
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite talented individuals to apply for a postdoctoral research position to join the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter. With our unique focus on stars and exoplanets, we are one of the UK’s leading exoplanet research groups, and provide an excellent environment for a motivated research fellow to further their scientific career.

The successful candidate will work with Dr R. D. Haywood on overcoming the intrinsic variability of stars to detect and characterise low-mass exoplanets. They will carry out original research on the magnetic variability of old, slowly rotating Sun-like stars. They will develop observation-based models of rotationally modulated radial-velocity variations of G, K and M stars. They will have access to high quality spectroscopic observations from HARPS-N and the Terra Hunting Experiment (observations to start in early 2023). Some of the post-holder's time may be available for their own research where it complements the group's solar/stellar expertise.

Applicants must possess a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline by the position starting date. Applications should demonstrate a proven research track record. Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively, are essential. Backgrounds in solar, stellar and/or exoplanet physics are preferred; areas outside these are encouraged if they complement the project. Experience in analysing spectroscopic stellar/solar data and/or analysing spatially resolved solar data is desirable.


Salary: starting at £35,845 and depending on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 3 years

Start date: between 1 April and 1 October 2021

Application deadline: 21 February 2021


Applications require:

- A CV (3 pages max.) and full list of publications, highlighting up to 5 most relevant works;

- A statement of your research interests (3 pages max.);

- A statement on your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (1 page max.);

- Contact information for 2 academic references who can provide letters in support of your application.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, and will receive equal consideration without regard to any characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for everyone; for more information please see


For more information and to apply:


Please direct inquiries to Dr Haywood (


Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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R D Haywood
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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