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About the role
The Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester invites applications for  a Research Associate position in Theoretical Astrophysics. The position is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant awarded to Dr Richard Alexander and has the possibility of extension depending on progress and funding considerations.
The project (“BuildingPlanS”) will use large suites of numerical simulations to link the architectures of observed exoplanet systems to their formation in protoplanetary discs. You will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for this project, and will also have opportunities to collaborate more widely within the Theoretical Astrophysics Group (whose existing research programme includes star and planet formation, AGN physics, accretion discs, galactic dynamics & dark matter).
About you

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in protoplanetary discs, planet formation and migration, or numerical hydrodynamics, but all applicants with a strong background in theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply. With a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics (or a closely related subject), you will be able to evidence your experience in presenting results at national and international meetings. We are looking for a self-starter with a passion for the subject matter, using this to foster new collaborations with national and international experts.

Additional information
As part of your application, please upload a document (no more than 3 pages) which outlines your publications and your research interests. Please upload this 'Application Relevant Information'.
Full time contract, open ended subject to fixed term funding. Funding is available to 31 May 2021.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Richard Alexander on richard.alexander@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 3543.
Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.