Research Fellow in Astrophysics—Star Formation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 12, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of St Andrews
Department Name: 
School of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
North Haugh
St Andews
KY10 3TR
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking an ambitious Research Fellow to work on modelling star formation in a galactic context.

Applications are invited for an active researcher in the area of numerical simulations of star formation to study the galactic triggering of star formation including feedback from young stars, and the generation of self-consistent models of molecular clouds. The successful candidate should have experience in numerical simulations using either grid-based or SPH methods. Experience with magnetohydrodynamics or modelling stellar feedback will be advantageous. You will be expected to play a leading role in modeling how star formation is initiated and the formation of massive stars and stellar clusters.

The School of Physics & Astronomy offers a vibrant and modern work environment. Astrophysics research in St Andrews combines theoretical, numerical and observational research in star formation, protoplanetary discs, extra-solar planets, stellar magnetic activity, star-planet interaction, gravitational lensing, active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics and cosmology.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, with experience in numerical modelling.  Starting 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.  The appointment will be for an initial period of two years with a likely extension to a total of three years, and is in collaboration with Prof Ian Bonnell. High performance computing is available through the University’s HPC cluster.

Candidates should send a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interest, and arrange for two letters of reference to be provided. Please apply online at

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Salary; £33,199 - £39,609 per annum
Included Benefits: 

Scottish National Health Service

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Human Resources
University of St Andrews
Street Line 1: 
Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk
St Andrews
Zip/Postal Code: 
KY16 9LB
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof Ian Bonnell
Research Fellow in Astrophysics - AR2238MR