Research Associate in Stellar Astrophysics

Requisition ID:  27168

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  8 Jul 2024


Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 07 October 2024



The Role


We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate in stellar astrophysics to join the UKRI-funded SYMPHONY project managed by Dr Dominic Bowman at Newcastle University.


The SYMPHONY project combines various sources of data to perform asteroseismic modelling of massive stars and measure their masses, ages and interior rotation profiles: The growing astrophysics group at Newcastle University has wider expertise in galaxy evolution, cosmology, compact objects and MHD simulations, in addition to stellar astrophysics and asteroseismology, and are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. 


The advertised vacancy is a 2-year postdoctoral research associate position to detect and characterise pulsating magnetic stars, and perform magnetoasteroseismic modelling to constrain their interior magnetic fields.


Those with a strong research background in spectropolarimetry of early-type stars are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in related analysis methods relevant to asteroseismology of massive stars, for example binarity, photometry, spectroscopy, and evolution modelling are also welcome to apply. In addition to project-specific activities, you will be encouraged to pursue independent research and receive mentoring in developing their career.


The advertised position is offered on a fixed term basis for two years from its start date, with a possible extension maximally up until the SYMPHONY project end date dependent on available funding. The salary is on a progressive scale, with generous funds available for travel, training and other support. The anticipated start date of 1 February 2025 is negotiable.


To apply, please complete the online application form and include your: CV and full publication list (no page limit), cover letter (max 1 page), and research statement detailing your relevant skills and experience (max 2 pages) as PDFs.


For all information enquiries, please contact Dr Dominic Bowman via email: 


Related URLs: 
-    Dr Dominic Bowman (
-    SYMPHONY project details (
-    Astro-Obs Research Group, Newcastle (
-    Newcastle University School of Maths, Statistics and Physics (


Application Deadline: Monday 7 October 2024
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applications


Key Accountabilities
The main duties and responsibilities are as follows:
•    Conduct the research along the lines of the programme of the funded project
•    Work successfully in an interdisciplinary research team and wider collaborators to publish world-leading research
•    Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form
•    Contribute to the positive culture and general strengths of the research group and the School, for example through supervision of project students, participation in outreach, leading initiatives to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and organising/ participating in research events
•    Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post


The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Excellent technical skills in analysing and interpreting data sets that can be applied to the aims of the project as described under ‘The role’
•    A track record of high-quality research outputs related to the goals of the project (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, open-source software, etc.)
•    Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write concisely for publications, and creatively for communications
•    A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with career stage
•    Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals in collaboration with other academics and international consortia
•    Experience in creating and/or delivering activities designed to make science more accessible and inclusive and/or to promote science to the general public


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Ability to work independently using own initiative and to meet strict deadlines
•    Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects
•    High level of analytical, numerical and problem-solving capability
•    A commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work
•    Ability to set own research goals, be self-motivated and proactive

•    Demonstrable commitment to promoting a positive and healthy research culture (e.g., by actively supporting/mentoring students, supporting initiatives to improve the work environment etc.)
•    An interest in student supervision (postgraduate and undergraduates)


•    PhD awarded in a relevant discipline (or exceptionally equivalent professional experience)
•    Honours degree in a relevant discipline



Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 27168