Research Assistants/Associates in Observational, X-Ray and Theoretical Astrophysics

University of Cambridge - Institute of Astronomy

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The programmes are broadly defined and incorporate research undertaken by IoA faculty members. The research includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts followup science; near-field cosmology; star formation in external galaxies; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The primary criteria for selection will be based on research excellence in observational and/or theoretical astronomy as detailed above. The current salary scale is £29,301 to £38,182 p.a. (Research Associate) or £25,298 to £29,301 (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits

University benefits are outlined at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/staff/benefits/index.html

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11874. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Wednesday, 21st December 2016.  If you have any queries about your application,  please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm@ast.cam.ac.uk)

The names and contact details of the referees are a necessary part of the submission.  Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of Midnight (GMT) Monday, 9th January 2017.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm@ast.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Andy Fabian (acf@ast.cam.ac.uk)

Enquiries may be sent to Ms Joy McSharry at: jpm@ast.cam.ac.uk.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Please quote reference LG10499 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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