Senior Post Doctoral Researcher in Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Maynooth University
Department Name: 
Theoretical Physics
Street Line 1: 
Science Building
W23 F2H6
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Theoretical Physics at the Maynooth University is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Computational and Theoretical Astrophysics. The successful applicant will join the Research Group led by Dr John Regan and is expected to develop their own independent research program within the confines of a research project investigating the formation, growth, and demographics of Black Holes in the early Universe. The group, currently consisting of four PhD students and one additional postdoctoral researcher, are currently engaged in numerous research topics with the goal of understanding early black hole formation. In line with this we are currently implementing an ambitious research project using the EnzoE exascale class code to run large volume, high resolution simulations focused on the first billion years of black hole formation. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to this research effort but are free to pursue their own research lines under this remit.

We are seeking an excellent candidate with a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience. A solid knowledge of theoretical astrophysics and a background in numerical astrophysics and/or studies of early black hole formation would be highly advantageous. The research group actively collaborates with researchers in the United States, Finland, Canada and Switzerland and the position will include ample funding for travel together with access to European super-computing facilities via EuroHPC time.

Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The appointment will be for a period of three years. The nominal starting date is expected to be September 2023, but earlier starting dates are also possible. The successful candidate will join a vibrant academic environment at Maynooth University. The Department of Theoretical Physics consists of six permanent staff as whole a host of graduate students and postdocs. Apart from the theoretical astrophysics research group led by Dr John Regan there is also a large theoretical cosmology research group led by Prof. Peter Coles. Additionally the successful candidate will join the newly formed Centre for Astrophysics and Space Sciences Maynooth (CASM) which encompasses astrophysics and astronomy staff, students, and postdocs from across the Departments of both Theoretical Physics and Experimental Physics. Maynooth itself is a beautiful University town situated approximately 25 km from Dublin City centre. It is well connected to Dublin by both public train and bus interconnects. Applicants are required to submit a Cover Letter, CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests (max. 3 pages). This should include a summary of past research achievements and a statement of future plans

Post-Doctoral Researcher (2022) Salary Scale:  €41,209 to €47,477 p.a. (6 Points)

Senior Post-Doctoral (those with 2+ years experience) Researcher (2022) Salary Scale:      €48,813 to €53,091 p.a. (4 Points)

Appointments will be made in accordance with public sector pay provisions.

Closing Date: 23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Monday, 2nd January 2023.

Application Procedure:

Application must be made through the Maynooth University online portal

Once at the portal choose Vacancy Type = Research ; Department = Theoretical Physics.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University

Informal enquiries to [email protected] are encouraged.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$42523.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$54784.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

All University employees will be entitled to state health care supports, maternity leave benefit, paternity leave benefit, sick leave etc.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 2, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 3, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Recruitment Maynooth University
Maynooth University
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
Riverstown Lodge
Street Line 2: 
South Campus
Zip/Postal Code: 
W23 HW31
+ 353 1 708 3866
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John Regan
Senior Post Doctoral Researcher