Research Fellow: Exoplanet Research

University of Hertfordshire - School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics/Centre for Astrophysics Research

Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield

FTE: Full time position working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract for 5 years from October 2017

Qualifications required:
Qualifications must include a PhD in Astrophysics or closely related discipline. The successful candidate will have a suitable portfolio of existing innovative independent research relevant to the post and a proposal for future work.

Description of the research activity and area:
The Fellow will be expected to establish a high-impact research programme and enhance and complement our existing research portfolio in exoplanet research. They will have complementary expertise in for example, radial velocities, direct imaging or transits all of which form the basis of cutting edge facilities. This is a research intensive position that carries an optional teaching workload of at most 6 hours per week during term time, involving teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. 

Skills and experience needed:
The Fellow will have established him/herself as an independent researcher, capable of establishing a programme of research activity within the scope of the project. They will have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English and a track record of publications in high impact journals. The Fellow will be expected to build capacity in the area of exoplanet research and participate in attracting external funding, previous success being a desirable attribute. They should be able to establish good working relationships, and work closely with members of the Centre and the broader School of Physics Astronomy & Mathematics, at the University of Hertfordshire and with partner organisations as appropriate.

Further information about the Centre for Astrophysics Research:
The Centre for Astrophysics Research is a large and vibrant research group, covering many areas of astrophysics, from exoplanets, star formation and the interstellar medium, to galaxies and AGN in the nearby and high-redshift Universe. For more information about the Centre and the School please visit: and

The University has made a substantial long-term investment in the Centre for Astronomy Research as well as new investments in research cluster computing infrastructure and is developing a high resolution spectrograph. We hope to further expand our capabilities in exoplanet research with better links and usage of complementary facilities and datasets through international collaborators.

Applicants who do not currently have the right to work in the UK will have to satisfy UKVI regulations before they can be appointed. The School of Physics Astronomy & Mathematics holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and Juno Practitioner status, both of which demonstrate good practice towards advancing gender equality and creating better working environments for men and women.

Contact: For informal enquiries please contact Professor Hugh Jones in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (email: or tel +44 1707 284426).

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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