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Research Assistant/Associate in Superfluid Dynamics in neutron stars

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum
  • REF: 15524
  • Closes: 12th April 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


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

Closing Date: 12 April 2022

The Role

We invite applications for a Research Assistant/Associate position in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, to work with Dr Toby Wood, Prof Carlo Barenghi and Dr Andrew Baggaley on the STFC-funded project “Superfluid dynamics in neutron stars”. The goal of this project is to develop computational models for the dynamics of superfluids and magnetic fields inside neutron stars. You will adapt existing models of superfluids and quantum vortices to describe the small-scale dynamics in neutron stars.

You should already have (or expect to be awarded soon) a PhD in applied mathematics, physics, or a related subject, and have research experience in quantum fluids or magneto-hydrodynamics. Preference will be given to applicants with high-quality publications in superfluid dynamics or neutron star modelling, and with experience of parallel, high-performance computing.

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.

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.

We are committed to promoting diversity and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

This is a fixed, term role for a duration of 36 months.

For informal enquiries, please contactDr Toby Wood by email: toby.wood@newcastle.ac.uk

For more information about the School and its research groups, please clickhere.

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Key Accountabilities

• Developing and using superfluid computational models to simulate dynamics inside neutron stars.
• Participation in the research activities of the Applied Mathematics group at Newcastle University.
• Publication of high-quality research papers in journals of international standing.
• Presentation of results at external meetings and seminars.
• Minor involvement in the teaching activities of the School, as mutually agreed.
• Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Strong theoretical and/or computational background in fluid dynamics or magneto-hydrodynamics.
• Track record of high-quality research, including publication in journals of international standing.
• Excellent programming and numerical skills.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, evidenced through contribution to national or international conferences.
• At least one peer-reviewed publication in a relevant research field.

Attributes and Behaviour

• Ability to communicate scientific results to a broad or non-specialist audience.
• Ability to work independently using own initiative and to meet deadlines.
• Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects.
• 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.


• A PhD (or be close to obtaining) in Applied Mathematics, Physics, or a related subject.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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