Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Hertfordshire - Physics, Astronomy & Maths

Salary: £32,004 to £34,956 per annum with potential to progress to £38,183

FTE: Full time position, working 37 hours per week

Duration of Contract: 1 year fixed term contract

We seek to appoint a researcher to work on our EXOhSPEC project which is a prototype instrument designed to achieve the highest possible radial velocity resolution. The general direction of the research programme, including specific tasks that need to be carried out, are described in the STFC Newton fund grant awarded to Hugh Jones ( The primarily role is to convert the instrument from working in a laboratory environment to a design suited for work in the field. This requires reworking the design and integration of the instrument in conjunction with our partner institutions The National Astronomical Research of Thailand and Queen Mary University of London. A major part of the role is envisaged to be the software integration for the instrument control and data reduction. It is necessary to have a background in the design, implementation and usage of astronomical research instrumentation. Strong programming and software experience will be required to integrate the different sub-system components.

The post holder will be expected to lead, prepare and submit articles for publication in refereed journals on a regular basis. The researcher will be based in the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics Research and work with Hugh Jones, Bill Martin and David Campbell.

The Centre for Astrophysics research is based in the town of Hatfield located in semi-rural Hertfordshire. Hatfield is around 25 minutes by train from central London.

The appointee will have already obtained a PhD before taking up the post. 

Please include with the application form: a CV; list of publications; a summary of previous research, not exceeding 1 side of A4 paper; the contact details for TWO academic referees who know your work.

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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