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Research Fellow

Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 01/09/2023)
Closing Date:  Thursday 11 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1338021PJ

The Southampton Gravity Group is offering a postdoctoral position in relativistic astrophysics, starting in the autumn of 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake research within an STFC-funded project to investigate the physics, astrophysics and phenomenology of neutron stars, with a particular focus on binary neutron-star seismology.

The University of Southampton (UK) is home to a large research group in gravitational physics. The Group currently comprises 15 staff members (Nils Andersson, Leor Barack, Oscar Dias, Carsten Gundlach, Ian Hawke, Ian Jones, Carlos Mafra, Andy O’Bannon, Adam Pound, Andreas Schmitt, Kostas Skenderis, Marika Taylor, David Turton, James Vickers and Ben Withers) and a number of postdocs and research students. Research interests in the group cover black-hole and neutron-star physics, gravitational wave astronomy and numerical relativity, and string-inspired gravity and holography. The Group is part of the STAG Research Centre and has close ties with the astronomy and high-energy groups in the Physics and Astronomy department.

In order to be considered for this post, the applicant must have a PhD* or equivalent in Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, or a related discipline and have a track record in at least one of the following research areas: neutron-star astrophysics, gravitational-wave theory, and numerical relativity.

The post is for 2 years, with an extension to 3 years possible, subject to satisfactory performance. Hours would be considered from 0.8 Full time equivalent to full time.

A complete application should include (i) a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications; (ii) a brief (<1 page) statement of research interests; and (iii) the names and addresses of two referees.

Applications should be made online via , vacancy number 1338021PJ. For informal queries, please contact Nils Andersson at

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure  

You should submit your completed online application form a The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1338021PJ on all correspondence. 



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