Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow

University of Exeter
January 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:£32,982
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The starting salary for Associate will be from £32,982 on Grade E. For fellow it will be from £41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

This new full time role is available from October 2024 (an earlier start date in 2024 is available) on a fixed term basis until September 2027. This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

Summary of the role

The Faculty wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow to investigate the formation of exoKuiper belts (debris discs). This Royal Society funded post is available for 3 years with a start date in October 2024. Earlier or later starting times in 2024 are possible. The successful applicant will use numerical simulations of dust evolution in protoplanetary discs to investigate how exoKuiper belts form. The output of those simulations will be compared with the latest ALMA and JWST observations.

The post will include details of duties: adapting exisiting software to simulate exoKuiper belts formation, simulating observations of protoplanetary and exoKuiper belts, and comparing simulations to ALMA observations. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work and co-supervise PhD, Masters and summer students.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion for Associate) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a recognised researcher in the study of protoplanetary or debris discs and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline 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. Applicants should be able to understand the basic principles behind dust evolution in protoplanetary discs and planetesimal formation, have the skills to run and adapt dust evolution and N-body simulations in their local computer and remote clusters, and ideally have some experience producing synthetic observations of discs using radiative transfer software. Knowledge on protoplanetary disc dispersion processes, planetesimal formation, planet-disc interaction, planet migration and dust collisional evolution would be also valuable.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further information

    Please contact Sebastian Marino, [email protected] or telephone (01392) 724080.

    Interviews are expected to take place on the second half of January.

    When applying for this role, please submit the following as one PDF attachment:

    - CV including a publication list

    - Cover letter

    - Research statement stating interests and achievements (max 2 pages)

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