Research Fellow in Computational Astrochemistry

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7089750 (Ref:EPSPA1045)

Posted: November 26, 2021

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in molecular modelling techniques? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities?

You will work on a UKRI-funded project with Dr Catherine Walsh to investigate the role of stellar radiation on the chemistry of ices in the planet- and comet-building regions around young stars. You will exploit molecular modelling to study how radiation affects the stability and chemistry of complex organic molecules in the ice phase. You will use these techniques to predict outcomes and reaction rates for ices irradiated by the range of radiation fields suitable for young stars, and for the different ice environments expected in planet-forming disks.

You will have a PhD (or you will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in astrophysics, astrochemistry, or physical chemistry, you will have experience in molecular modelling techniques, 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, Associate Professor 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0958 or email: [email protected]


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Physics & Astronomy
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £38,587 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (up to 3 years (grant funding))
Release Date:  Thursday 25 November 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 03 January 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSPA1045


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