Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Star Formation with ALMA - AR2986SB

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking an ambitious Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with Dr Claudia Cyganowski and an international team on studies of accretion bursts in massive protostars using ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) observations.  The successful applicant will work primarily on the processing, analysis, and publication of ALMA data.  


The successful candidate will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, with experience of processing/imaging ALMA data and expertise in mm-wavelength studies of high-mass star-forming regions or mm-wavelength variability studies.  The position is supported by an UKRI/STFC Small Award and is available for a starting date of 1 July 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of three years.  Later start dates are possible and can be discussed.  The position includes funds for computing and travel. 


The School of Physics & Astronomy offers a vibrant and modern work environment. Astrophysics research in St Andrews combines theoretical, numerical and observational research in star formation, protoplanetary discs, extra-solar planets, stellar magnetic activity, star-planet interaction, gravitational lensing, active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics and cosmology. The School hosts members of the cross-disciplinary Center for Exoplanet Science and astronomers in the School have access to the Las Cumbres Observatory.


Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Claudia Cyganowski, email


Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research experience and interest.  Letters of reference will be requested at the time of interview.


Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays
  • Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies
  • Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services
  • Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel
  • Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff/children of staff, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme and a range of wellbeing initiatives
  • A range of wellbeing initiatives including membership of Peppy, a health application that connects staff to expert practitioners and personalized support on health matters. 

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.  


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter and Race Charters). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:


Closing Date:  3 June 2024


Interview Date:  June 2024


Please quote ref:  AR2986SB


Further Particulars:  AR2986SB FPs.doc


School of Physics and Astronomy

Salary: £37,099 - £40,521 per annum

Start: 1 July 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed term for 36 months

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Star Formation with ALMA - AR2986SB