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Research Fellow in ALMA Studies of Protoplanetary Disks

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in (sub)millimeter or radio observations of star- and/or planet-forming regions and an interest in the field of astrochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for a Research Fellow to work on an STFC-funded project with Dr Catherine Walsh in the Astrophysics Group, investigating the chemistry of complex organic molecules in planet-forming disks around nearby young stars.

You will carry out a research programme to search for emission from complex organic molecules in nearby protoplanetary disks using observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). You will conduct analyses of the data to derive the distribution and abundance of complex organic molecules using molecular line radiative transfer methods. In addition, you will aid interpretation of the data by running astrochemical models to determine the chemical origin of complex organic molecules in protoplanetary disks.

With a PhD in Astrophysics or a related field (or if you will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment), you will have experience in the reduction and analysis of observational data at (sub)millimeter or radio wavelengths and a developing track record of peer reviewed publications in international journals.

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

Dr Catherine Walsh, University Academic Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0958, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Physics & Astronomy
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely the starting salary will be above £32,548 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share/flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years from 1 April 2018)
Closing Date:  Monday 15 January 2018
Reference:  MAPPA1049
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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