Research Associate in Astrophysics

Imperial College London Department of Physics

United Kingdom

Job summary

Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Associate position within the Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. We are seeking candidates with expertise in any of the following topics: exoplanets, planet formation, protoplanetary/accretion discs and star formation. There is a preference for candidates with a strong theoretical/numerical research profile; however, excellent applicants with an...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00564
  • Date posted 17 December 2019
  • Closing date 17 January 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Associate position within the Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. We are seeking candidates with expertise in any of the following topics: exoplanets, planet formation, protoplanetary/accretion discs and star formation. There is a preference for candidates with a strong theoretical/numerical research profile; however, excellent applicants with an observational focus will also be considered.

The Astrophysics group has a strong programme in solar and stellar physics, exoplanet physics, protoplanetary disc physics, and galactic and extragalactic star formation, involving observations, numerical simulations and theory. The Group further fosters collaborations with the solar system and planetary group to apply insights and models for solar system bodies to exoplanetary systems, and with the plasma physics group to model phenomena such as stellar jets and star-planet magnetic interactions. It also has an internationally recognised centre for astrostatistics, with emphasis on Bayesian analysis of large-scale astronomical surveys, cosmology and particle physics.

Duties and responsibilities

This position is supported by Dr James Owen's ERC funded project "PEVAP" which aims to understand the origin and evolution of planetary systems. You will be expected to help produce independent and original research within the Astrophysics group, submit publications to refereed journals and support the activities of the research group. You will have the freedom to develop your own research program alongside other members of the exoplanet group and have access to Imperial's significant HPC resources.

You will join a vibrant, broad and growing exoplanet research group at Imperial with opportunities to collaborate not only with members of the Astrophysics group but those within the Space and Atmospheric research group and the members of the university-wide astrobiology initiative. The initial focus of the work will be on models/observations on atmospheric escape and atmospheric-evolution or planet-formation and protoplanetary disc evolution. Previous experience in modelling any of these aspects would be beneficial for the position but is not mandatory.

Significant funding is available for travel, visitors and computing in line with ERC funded projects.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or Physics.

You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Relevant research experience in exoplanet science
  • Experience in giving talks at internationally recognised conferences and workshops
  • Experience in carrying out research of high quality, independently and in a team, evidenced by a portfolio of high quality research publications

In addition knowledge and experience in the following areas would be desirable:

  • Relevant research experience in numerical astrophysical hydrodynamics

Further information

This is a fixed term position available from 1st February 2020 for up to three years in the first instance.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

More information about the Department of Physics and the Astrophysics Group can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Further details about the position are available from Dr James Owen james.owen@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Louise Hayward, Section Administrator, l.hayward@imperial.ac.uk.

If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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