Research Fellow in Stellar Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Surrey
Street Line 1: 
Stag Hill Campus
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Department of Physics

Location: Guildford

Salary: £30,688 to £34,520 per annum

Fixed Term

Post Type: Full Time

Closing Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: 003818

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position in the Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Surrey. The post is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The Research Fellow will undertake research to improve the binary_c framework for stellar population modelling, development of which is led in Surrey. Binary_c with be extended to include evolution of very massive single and binary stars, and algorithms to model ongoing accretion onto very massive stars. This will then be applied to stellar population statistics of very massive single and binary stars with applications to stellar clusters, supernova statistics, close binary evolution and galactic chemical evolution.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in astronomy, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline. Knowledge of stellar evolution, binary stars, stellar modelling, high-performance computing and computer programming are highly desirable. Candidates should apply on-line and provide both a curriculum vitae (including a publication list) and a statement of research interests. 

The astrophysics group at the University of Surrey has interests in both observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics with particular focus on stars, compact objects, stellar clusters, galaxies and cosmology. The group participates in a range of national and international projects, and works with its partner universities in SEPnet. The group is part of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering including the nuclear physics group which has many related interests.

This is a three year fixed-term position to start from April 2018. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Robert Izzard ( and/or Prof. Mark Gieles ( for further information. Applicants should ensure two letters of recommendation are sent to the contact persons.

Applications should be submitted online at the following link 

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$42270.57 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$47548.88 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
*Please refer to set salary levels in advert text.
Included Benefits: 

We believe in giving you an opportunity to get more from your job by helping you grow and progress, acknowledging your talent and rewarding you well.

When joining our exciting and vibrant community, you will have access to a number of different benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme, flexible working opportunities, career development and training, and access to Surrey Sports Park. 

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr Rob Izzard