Radiative Transfer Modelling of Star and Planet Formation and Planetary Atmospheres

Radiative transfer models are the key to understanding the physical and chemical structures of proto-planetary discs around newly forming stars and in the interpretation of observational data. You will carry out a programme of research based on advanced 3D radiative transfer modelling applied to the area of star and planet formation that includes both line and continuum processes. This will complement the MHD simulations of proto-planetary discs and the high resolution IR, mm and radio observations carried out by members of the Astrophysics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

As a member of the School of Physics and Astronomy you will also apply your radiative transfer skills to the area of planetary atmospheres in collaboration with experts from the schools of Chemistry, Earth and Environment and Electronic and Electrical Engineering. This will lead to joint funding bids for further research on exo-planets, solar system bodies and the Earth’s atmosphere from a diverse range of sources that builds on the internationally leading research into planetary atmospheres at Leeds. You will build a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, and possess a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications.

You will also be expected to participate strongly in the development and delivery of relevant educational material/programmes at the undergraduate and PhD level.

You will have a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or Applied Mathematics, an excellent track record of research in radiative transfer modelling applied to star and/or planet formation and a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a research environment.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Thomas Hartquist, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3885, email: T.W.Hartquist@leeds.ac.uk or Professor Melvin Hoare , tel: +44 (0)113 343 3864, email: M.G.Hoare@leeds.ac.uk.

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