Three-year postdoctoral research position on the formation of massive stars

Tim Harries

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
Exeter EX4 4QL
United Kingdom

The Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter invites applications for a postdoctoral position (Associate Research Fellow / Research Fellow) to work with Tim Harries on radiation hydrodynamical simulations of massive star formation. This position is funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant, and is available for 3 years (subject to a 12-month probationary period).

The main aim of this project is to investigate the role of radiation pressure and ionisation feedback on the formation of massive stars. This will be done using 3-D radiation hydrodynamical models, and by comparing the simulations with a broad range of multi-wavelength observational data. We are therefore particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in radiation transfer and/or hydrodynamics; prior work on star formation simulations would also be an asset, but all applicants with a good numerical astrophysics background will be seriously considered.

Applicants must possess a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline, or expect to have earned one before taking up the position. This position is available from 1st April 2015, although a later start date may be possible. The starting salary will range from £25,513 on Grade E to £33,242 per annum on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience. Extensive supercomputing resources and substantial funding for computing equipment and travel will be available.

For further information contact Tim Harries ( Please apply via the University of Exeter online application system The job may be found by searching under 'Key words' using post reference P48022. The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2015.




Deadline: 31st January 2015