Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

Postdoctorate Position 3 years Exeter, UK

Uploaded 7 May 2019

Job Description

The Astrophysics group within the School of Physics and Astronomy (CEMPS), wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Nathan Mayne

Summary of the role

This full-time post is available starting on or after the 29th June 2019 ending on the 1st April 2022, for a maximum term of 33 months, and is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The project will primarily involve application and continued development of a three dimensional atmospheric model of Brown Dwarfs and Gas Giant exoplanets, focusing on the cloud or condensate aspects. The model development will be performed within the framework of the state-of-the art global circulation model (GCM) of the UK Met Office, adapted by researchers at the University of Exeter.

The project also benefits from access to high quality observations provided by collaboration with, for example, Prof. Sasha Hinkley (Exeter) and Prof. David Sing (Johns Hopkins).  Our work at Exeter University also includes research in to terrestrial planets, and the applicant will have opportunities to become involved in this aspects of the programme.

We are particularly interested in applicants with direct experience in modelling aspects of stellar/sub-stellar/planetary atmospheres, especially clouds, and of working with large code bases.

You 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.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.

The research will be supported by Met Office staff, and connect to the work of several PhD and postdoctoral researchers. Extensive super-computing resources will be available as well as funds to support international travel.   

Person Specification

You will:

-    Possess a PhD in astrophysics, mathematics or a related discipline (e.g., meteorology, numerical modelling etc.), or expect to have earned one before taking up the position.

-   Have experience modelling atmospheres for astrophysical, solar system or terrestrial applications, and are particularly interested in candidates who have developed/used models of clouds.

More detailed specification available on the University of Exeter website.