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Research Fellow in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics? Do you want to further your career at one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities?

We are looking for a Research Fellow to join our Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded project, which will investigate magnetic and thermal evolution of highly magnetic neutron stars (magnetars), with the goal to understand the mechanisms of magnetic field decay and related explosive energy releases. The project will involve performing magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the Hall induction equation in spherical and Cartesian geometries, using and extending existing codes. The results from these simulations will be applied to help interpret existing magnetar observations.

You will work in close contact with Professor Rainer Hollerbach in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and you will join the Astrophysical & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics research group, which is one of the largest such groups in the world. This project will strongly complement and benefit from other STFC-funded projects at Leeds, such as those in planetary/stellar dynamos, and tidal flows in stars and giant planets. The post will be available from 1 April 2019.

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics or Planetary Sciences), together with experience in large-scale computing. You will also have the ability to conduct independent research and a developing track record of publications in international journals. In addition, you will have excellent communication, planning and team working skills.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Rainer Hollerbach, Professor of Applied Mathematics

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5134; email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mathematics
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations, an appointment will not be made above £33,199 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours - we will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 months, available from 1 April 2019 - due to external funding)
Release Date:  Monday 07 January 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 February 2019
Reference:  MAPMA1101
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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