Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
February 25, 2024
Offerd Salary:£41,732
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The starting salary will be from £41,732 up to £44,263 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 Fellow

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Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

The above full-time UKRI STFC funded post is available on a fixed term basis from 1/04/2024 for a duration of 36 months. A later start date is possible and can be discussed.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with Prof Isabelle Baraffe and Dr Thomas Guillet in the Astrophysics group at the University of Exeter. The project is devoted to numerical simulations of internal waves and mixed modes in stars. The successful applicant will perform multi-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations of waves excited by convection in stellar interiors using our fully compressible time implicit code MUSIC. The main purpose of the project is the study of so-called mixed modes in evolved low mass stars and internal gravity waves in massive stars. These studies are motivated by high quality asteroseismic observations provided by Space missions (CoRoT, Kepler, K2, TESS and soon PLATO). The detection of mixed modes and waves at stellar surfaces provides formidable constraints on stellar interiors. A major goal of the project is to understand the properties of mixed modes and their impact on the transport of angular momentum in low mass evolved stars (subgiant and red giant stars). The results of the numerical simulations will be compared to the predictions of theoretical models. Another major goal is to study possible observable signatures of internal gravity waves propagating from the convective core to the surface of massive stars. Our code MUSIC offers unique capability to develop numerical simulations of mixed modes.

The post will include developing and analysing numerical simulations with MUSIC and working with the MUSIC team. The post-holder can also participate to the numerical developments of the MUSIC code planned for this project

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 equivalent in Astrophysics, Physics, or related discipline (e.g. in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, computational methods). The successful applicant will 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. We welcome candidates with a background in computational or theoretical astrophysics, fluid dynamics and/or stellar/planetary interiors and evolution; prior experience with multi-dimensional numerical simulations is particularly welcome.

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

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

  • 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.

    For further information please contact Prof Isabelle Baraffe, e-mail [email protected] or telephone +44 (01392) 725123.

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