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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  975

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  22-Oct-2019

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,331 to £30,942 

Closing Date: 19 December 2019


The role


We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate to work with Professor Tamara Rogers on the STFC-funded project ‘Internal Gravity Waves in Evolved Stars’. You will also work closely with collaborator Prof. Conny Aerts’ team at University of Leuven. 


A variety of observations of evolved stars (photometric, asteroseismic) indicate hydrodynamic (HD) and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) processes (not accounted for in one-dimensional models) are present. Understanding how these processes contribute to the rotational and chemical evolution of a star are necessary if a complete picture of stellar evolution is to be realised.


The objectives of this project are to carry out 3D hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the interiors of evolved stars in order to understand how convectively driven internal gravity waves contribute to the rotational and chemical evolution of the stars.


You will work with other members of the team (at Newcastle University and the University of Leuven) to compare results with photometric and asteroseismic observations and to contribute to developing a theoretical model to incorporate these effects into one-dimensional stellar evolution models. Frequent scientific visits between the two institutions are foreseen.


 It is essential that you have strong numerical skills and experience, as well as a good understanding of the physics of stellar interiors. 


For informal enquires, please conatct Prof. Tamara Rogers at 


More information about the School can be found at


This post is fixed term for 35 months.


Key Accountabilities


  • Adapting and running an existing 3D anelastic MHD code on multi-processor computing facilities and participating in the interpretation of the results
  • Analyse numerical output for comparison with observations
  • Participate in the development of a new model including gravity wave transport in 1D stellar evolution models
  • Publication of a number of high-quality research papers in journals of international standing
  • Presentation of results at external meetings or seminars
  • Participation in the activities of the Physics group at Newcastle University
  • Minor involvement in the teaching activities of the school, as mutually agreed


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • A good understanding of numerical methods for solving differential equations
  • A research background in astrophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics and/or stellar evolution
  • Capability for high quality research
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communications skills, including proven ability to present research results to a scientific audience
  • The ability to use computer visualisation tools such as Matlab or IDL
  • Previous research experience in an academic environment, including the publication of papers in a relevant area of research
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Experience of working on parallel computing facilities (Desirable)
  • A good understanding of the physics of the stellar interiors (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of Fortran (or a similar high-level programming language) (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to interact with researchers of all levels within the University
  • Comfortable working both on their own and as a member of a team
  • Willingness to learn and undertake research in new branches of science



  • Have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in astrophysics, applied mathematics, or a closely related discipline

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 975