Fixed-term: The funds for the Research Associate role are available for 3 years in the first instance. The funds for the Senior Research Associate role are available for a minimum of 3 years but up to 5 years subject to funding.
The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint one or more postdoctoral researcher(s) to work with the Plumian Professor, Prof. Christopher Reynolds, on theoretical topics related to black hole astrophysics. The studies to be pursued include the physics of black hole accretion disks, the interactions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) with galactic/cluster-scale structure, and the plasma physics of the hot plasma in galaxy clusters. Substantial experience with computational modelling of magnetohydrodynamic flows and/or particle-in-cell (PIC) modelling of plasma kinetics will be highly desirable for this position.
The successful applicant(s) will be expected to pursue independent and collaborative research, develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students, and actively contribute to the life of the department. They will disseminate their research findings via publications or other appropriate media, such as international workshops and conferences. They will be encouraged to participate in the teaching and learning programmes of the department as well as in the supervision of postgraduate research students and outreach events.
Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field for the Senior Research Associate Role. For the Research Associate role applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field or have submitted by the time of appointment. Applicants must possess a scientific publication record and a clear outline of current and future research areas of interest. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills and are expected to produce scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Salary will be up to circa £32,816 - £40,322 (Research Associate) or for exceptional and established researchers £41,526 -£52,559 (Senior Research Associate) plus superannuation benefit depending on experience and qualifications.