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College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.
Physics and Astronomy is a dynamic teaching and research centre based at the Streatham campus in Exeter. The department is housed within a large, dedicated building which has undergone a recent multi-million pound investment. Our research is organised into four strong, internationally competitive research groups: Electromagnetic and acoustic materials, Quantum systems and nanomaterials, Biomedical Physics and Astrophysics. 90% of our research is classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent student experience and are privileged to attract students and researchers of the highest calibre. We are ranked 10th in the UK for Physics & Astronomy in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
The astrophysics group at the University of Exeter invites applications for a postdoctoral research position (Research Associate/Research Fellow) to work on theoretical studies of low-mass stars, within the research group led by Prof. Sean Matt. The position is funded by an ERC grant (AWESoMeStars) and is available to start any time between April and October, 2017, for a duration of 36 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension, depending on progress and funding considerations.
The broad goal of the project is to understand rotation and magnetic activity of solar-like and low-mass stars. The successful applicant will use multi-dimensional MHD simulations of young stars interacting with accretion disks, to further this goal and in collaboration with the PI. We are thus particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in computational and/or theoretical MHD; prior work on star formation, accretion, outflows, or stellar rotation would be an additional asset.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or near completion) and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in computational astrophysics and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
The successful candidate will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role.
Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.
Extensive supercomputing resources and substantial funding for computing equipment and travel will be available, and we will provide assistance with relocation costs where eligible.
For further information please contact Prof. Sean Matt, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1392 726611.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
Please apply using the University's online application system. Under "Employment History," upload a single pdf file containing the following documents: curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief research statement (2 pages maximum) describing past work and future interests, and (optional) cover letter. In addition, please have 2 or 3 letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com with your name in the subject, by the application deadline.
The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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