Research Fellow in Astrophysics University of St Andrews, School of Physics and Astronomy United Kingdom

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking an ambitious Research Fellow to work on numerical simulations of radiation feedback in a turbulent interstellar medium.

Applications are invited for an active researcher in the area of radiation magneto-hydrodynamic simulations of star forming regions and the interstellar medium. The fellow will work with Kenny Wood and collaborators on the extension and development of existing three-dimensional codes for radiation transfer and magneto-hydrodynamics. Projects will include the role of radiation feedback (heating of dust and gas, ionisation, radiation pressure) from massive stars on small (parsec) and large (kiloparsec) scales; including radiation feedback into large scale simulations of a supernovae-driven turbulent interstellar medium; modelling multi-wavelength observations of dust and diffuse ionised gas in star forming regions and the interstellar medium of the Milky Way and other galaxies.

The School of Physics & Astronomy offers a vibrant and modern work environment. Astrophysics research in St Andrews combines theoretical, numerical and observational research in star formation, protoplanetary discs, extra-solar planets, stellar magnetic activity, star-planet interaction, gravitational lensing, active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics and cosmology.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, with experience in numerical modelling. Experience with numerical radiation transfer with the Monte Carlo method and/or magneto-hydrodynamic simulations will be advantageous.  The post will be for eighteen months in the first instance, but may be extended subject to funding, and is in collaboration with Kenny Wood funded by an STFC consolidated grant with funds for high performance computing and travel.

Informal enquiries to Kenny Wood, e-mail:

Candidates should send a CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interest. 

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

Closing Date:  1 August 2019        

Interviews:  Week commencing 19 August 2019

Please quote ref:  AR1810SB

Further Particulars: AR1810SB FPs.doc

School of Physics and Astronomy
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum
Start Date: 2 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed Term for 18 months (in first instance) with possible extension

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