The astrophysics group at the University of Exeter invites applications for a post-doctoral position to work primarily with Professor Isabelle Baraffe on theoretical and numerical problems related to stellar physics and evolution. The post is available from April 1 2018 and for a duration of 3 years. A delayed start date is possible and can be discussed. The post is funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
The successful applicant will work on 3D hydrodynamical modelling of stellar interiors, using our time implicit and fully compressible multi-dimensional hydrodynamical code MUSIC developed by I. Baraffe, her team in Exeter and international collaborators (see https://empslocal.ex.ac.uk/tofu/). The main purpose of the project is to describe and understand various processes central to stellar interiors and evolution. Many of these processes require multi-D simulations in order to be correctly addressed. The goal is to derive new parametrisations of transport mechanisms for use in one-dimensional stellar evolution models.These transport coefficients, calculated from multi-dimensional calculations using MUSIC, can be tested against a wide range of available observations. Examples of problems that we are studying include turbulent convection in convective envelopes, cores and burning shells, rotation and associated transport of angular momentum and chemical mixing in stellar interiors. The post-holder can also participate in further development of the MUSIC code.
We welcome candidates with a strong background in computational or theoretical astrophysics, fluid dynamics and/or stellar/planetary interiors and evolution; prior experience of multi-dimensional simulations is particularly welcome. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent in Astrophysics, Physics, or related discipline (e.g. in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, computational methods).
The starting salary is from £34,520 up to £38,833 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience. Local and national supercomputing resources, as well as funding for computer equipment and travel are available to the post holder. University of Exeter has a beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.
For further information regarding the post and the application, please contact Prof Isabelle Baraffe, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 1392 725123.
Please apply using the University's online application system using the Application link provided below. Under "Employment History," upload a single pdf file containing the following documents: curriculum vitae, publication list, summary of research (2 pages maximum) including the name of two or three referees, and (optional) cover letter.
The closing date for completed applications is February 20 2018. Interviews and decisions are expected to take place soon after the closing date.