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Postdoctoral position in theoretical and numerical star formation

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University,
United Kingdom
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Lun, 07/01/2019
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Lun, 18/02/2019


Applications are invited for a three-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, to work with Professor Anthony Whitworth, on theoretical and numerical star formation. This PDRA position is funded by a Consolidated Grant from the UK's Science
and Engineering Research Council (Ref. ST/S00033X/1). The project is focused on exploring the formation and fragmentation of filaments and cores, the properties of the stars and star-systems they spawn, the roles of radiative and mechanical feedback, and the constraints that can be inferred from dust continuum and molecular line observations of filaments and cores.

The Astrophysics, Gravitational Waves, and Astronomical Instrumentation Groups in Cardiff comprise 32 faculty, 19 postdoctoral fellows and research associates, and 50 PhD students. We have a broad range of research programmes in star and planet formation, galaxies, cosmology gravitational wave sources, and in building the instruments needed to detect and observe these objects, particularly at far-infrared and sub-millimetre wavelengths. The School of Physics and Astronomy was ranked sixth in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework evaluation, and provides a stimulating and well-resourced environment in which to pursue research, with very good computing facilities.

Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related discipline, or expect to be awarded their PhD before the start of the position. They must have expertise in numerical hydrodynamics and/or radiation transport, preferably in the context of star formation.

The closing date for applications is 18 February 2019.

Applications should be made electronically via http://www.cardi, `Academic Vacancies', Ref. 8156BR. With your completed application, please submit your full CV, a list of publications, and a brief statement of research experience, research interests and career goals.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made to Professor Whitworth by email [] or telephone [+4429-20874798]. Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd by email [LloydGW@cardi].

The position is fixed term until 31st March 2022.

Salary: $33199 to $39609 (Grade 6), depending on experience.

Interviews will be held, and offers made, by 1st March 2019.


Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University sustains a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. The University has developed a  flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments.