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Research Fellow in Astrophysics

Department of Physics

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £31,866 to £33,797 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 12 November 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 01 January 2020
Reference:  089319

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position in the Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Surrey, working with Dr. Payel Das in the area of galactic archaeology, dynamics and evolution. The position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, 'Galactic archaeology beyond the near field', aimed at understanding the evolution of nearby galaxies, including our own, through synergies between unprecedented data and new state-of-the-art chemo-dynamical models.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in astronomy, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline. Experience with galactic dynamics and/or exploiting integral field unit (IFU) data is desirable. Candidates should apply on-line and provide both a curriculum vitae (including a publication list) and a 2-3 page statement of research interests.

The astrophysics group at the University of Surrey has interests in both observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics with particular focus on near-field cosmology, stellar evolution, galaxy formation & evolution, and modelling of gravitational wave sources. The group participates in a range of national and international projects, working with partner universities across the South East Physics (SEPnet) network.

This is a two-year position in the first instance, with the potential for extension. The preferred start date is 1st September 2020, though a later start may be possible on request.

As part of your application, please also upload two letters of recommendation as supporting documents.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Payel Das ( for further information.

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,817).

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