Research Fellow in ALMA Observations of Protoplanetary Disks

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

September 23, 2022


Research Fellow in ALMA Observations of Protoplanetary Disks

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in (sub) millimetre or radio observations of star- and/or planet-forming regions and an interest in the field of astrochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research- intensive universities?

You will work on an STFC-funded project with Dr Catherine Walsh in the Astrophysics Group to investigate the chemistry of complex organic molecules in planet-forming disks around nearby young stars.

You will carry out a research program to search for emission from complex organic molecules in nearby protoplanetary disks using observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). You will conduct analyses of the data to derive the distribution and abundance of complex organic molecules using molecular line radiative transfer methods. You will aid interpretation of the data by running astrochemical models to determine the chemical origin of complex organic molecules in protoplanetary disks.

With a PhD in Astrophysics or a related field (or if you will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment), you will have experience in the reduction and analysis of observational data at (sub)millimeter or radio wavelengths and a developing track record of peer-reviewed publications in international journals.

The starting date will be no later than 01 October 2022.

This role will be based on the university campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

What we offer in return

  • 25 days holiday plus 15.5 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's over 40 days a year!
  • Pension schemes with a generous contribution from the University.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Dr Catherine Walsh, Associate Professor

    Tel: +44 (0)113 343 30958 or email:

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences School/Institute: School of Physics & Astronomy Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 p.a. Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £37,474 p.a. Working Time: 37.5 hours per week Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months, starting no later than 01 Oct 2022 (grant funding)) Release Date: Wednesday 24 August 2022 Closing Date: Friday 23 September 2022 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: EPSPA1068 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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