Research Fellow (Exoplanet Atmospheres) – AR2467DD
School of Physics and Astronomy
Vacancy Description
School of Physics and Astronomy, Salary: £33,797 - £36,914 per annum, Start Date: As soon as possible, latest 1st September 2021, Fixed Term: 3 years
The Astronomy Group at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK) is seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to work on complex weather on cloud-forming gas giants and ultra-hot Jupiters with Dr Christiane Helling to start September 2021. The project will include radiative transfer modelling for polarimetry and spectroscopy in preparation for forthcoming observations, incl. JWST.    

The candidate is expected to have a PhD in astrophysics with relevant experience in the field of radiative transfer modelling, experience in the modelling of exoplanet/brown dwarf atmospheres is advantageous. The position will involve collaboration with researchers across Europe and within the St Andrews Center for Exoplanet Science. The position includes funding for travel.     

The School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of St Andrews offers a vibrant and interactive working environment, with a high proportion of women. For more information about the Astronomy group, see     

Applications should include a 2-page CV, publication list, and a statement (max. 3 pages) of research interests. This should include a summary of past research achievements and statement of future plans. Details of two referees should be provided and letters of reference will be requested following long-listing.      

Informal Enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to Dr Christiane Helling (

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

The School of Physics and Astronomy has achieved Champion status, in the Institute of Physics's Project Juno initiative, which recognises and rewards action to address the under-representation of women in UK and Irish universities and to embed better working practices for all staff.     

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at    

Closing Date: 15th  February 2021   

Please quote ref: AR2467DD              

Further particulars: AR2467DD FPs.doc

School of Physics and Astronomy
Salary: £33,797 - £36,914 per annum
Start Date: As soon as possible, latest 1st September 2021
Fixed Term: 3 years