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Research Assistant/Associate in Stellar Astrophysics

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Jan 2022
  • Salary: Research Assistant : £28,756 - £30,497 per annum Research Associate : £31,406 - £40,927 per annum
  • REF: 15525
  • Closes: 17th April 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Research Assistant : £28,756 – £30,497 per annum
Research Associate : £31,406 – £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 17th April2022

The Role

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (MSP) at Newcastle University is seeking to recruit aResearch Assistant/Associate in Stellar Astrophysics to an STFC funded project led by Professor Tami Rogers.

The project aims to understand dynamical processes in stellar interiors, i.e. convection, waves, rotation and magnetism. You will use multi-dimensional numerical simulations to understand these processes and help to build one-dimensional prescriptions of them for use in stellar evolution models. You will work as part of a larger team of theoretical and numerical astrophysicists at Newcastle University and stellar observational astronomers working in Prof. Conny Aerts team at KU Leuven.

You should have a background in stellar astrophysics to include numerical modelling, hydrodynamics and/or stellar evolution. You will be expected to run simulations on high performance computers and thus, should have some experience with parallel computing and MPI. While all of this experience is desirable, it is not necessarily required for the right candidate. You will however, have to have good communication skills and work well in a team, and may be expected to help advise students and take part in weekly meetings.

You will join the growing astrophysics group at Newcastle University, which has wider expertise in cosmology and galaxy evolution. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from community members that are under-represented in physics. If you have demonstrable experience in showing a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion then please outline this in your application.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment.The position is offered on a fixed term basis for three years from start date, or tenable until the project end date, whichever is soonest. We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working. Generous funds are available for travel, training and other support. Start dates and flexible working are negotiable.

To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter, please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below, and highlight any expertise relevant to the described project.

This is a fixed term post for a duariton of 36 months.

For all information enquiries, please contact Prof. Tami Rogers via email: tamara.rogers@ncl.ac.uk.

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Key Accountabilities

The main duties and responsibilities are as follows:

• Carry out large scale numerical simulations on high performance computers
• Analyze and visualize data
• Build theoretical models for use in 1D stellar evolution models
• Work successfully in an interdisciplinary research team, with numerical and observational colleagues
• Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form.
• Contribute to the positive culture and general strengths of the research group and the School; for example, through supervision of project students, organising/ participating in research events as well as participation in outreach and leading initiatives to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
• Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Excellent technical skills in numerical simulations, theoretical modelling and/or data analysis that can be applied to the aims of the project and the specific aspects of the positions listed under ‘The role’.
• Background in stellar astrophysics to include numerical modelling, hydrodynamics and/or stellar evolution.
• A track record of high quality research outputs related to the goals of the project (e.g., publications, software, research tools etc.)
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write research publications, and to effectively communicate results to the scientific community.
• A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.
• Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects.
• Demonstrable ability to use high performance computers and experience with MPI (Desirable)
• Experience in multi-dimensional hydrodynamics (Desirable)
• Experience with 1D stellar evolution models (Desirable)
• Experience in creating and/or delivering activities designed to promote science to the general public and/or to make science more accessible and inclusive(Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

• Ability to work independently using own initiative and to meet deadlines.
• High level analytical and problem-solving capability.
• Ability to set own research goals, be self-motivated and proactive.
• Commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work.
• An interest in the (co-)supervision of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students (Desirable)
• Demonstrable commitment to promoting a positive and healthy research culture (e.g., by actively supporting/mentoring students, supporting initiatives to improve the work environment etc.) (Desirable)


• PhD awarded (or be nearing completion) in a relevant discipline or exceptionally equivalent professional experience
• Honours Degree in a relevant discipline

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