Research Associates in Pulsars & Fast Transients

The University of Manchester - Faculty of Science & Engineering - School of Physics & Astronomy

Closing Date: 16/11/2016
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: 3 years in the first instance
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: School of Physics & Astronomy
Division: Astro Physics
Hours Per week: full time
Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-08899

Applications are invited for two Research Associates to work on the MeerTRAP project, funded by the European Research Council. MeerTRAP will undertake fully commensal searches for pulsars and fast radio transients with the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa.

Based in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester, the MeerTRAP project team will be embedded in the Pulsar and Time Domain Astronomy group. The group’s scientific interests include high precision pulsar timing for gravitational wave and gravity research, fast radio burst discovery and follow up, novae and exoplanets.

This group is at the forefront of development and exploitation of the next generation of radio telescopes and co-leads the international team developing the pulsar and fast transient search capabilities of the SKA.

You will work on developing and scientifically exploiting a commensal fast transient and pulsar search capability on MeerKAT. Applicants should hold or be about to obtain a PhD in Astronomy, have a good knowledge of radio astronomy and experience with development and use of fast transient and pulsar hardware and software. A strong record of publication in this field is essential.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Ben Stappers, Professor of Astrophysics


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: Wednesday 21 September 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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