Research Fellow: Big Data Science from Large Observational Surveys

University of Hertfordshire - School of Physics

SBU/Department: Astronomy and Mathematics/Centre for Astrophysics Research College lane Campus

Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Grade: UH7

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 an excellent research record that complements existing expertise at the Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) and experience in observational or theoretical work using large survey datasets.

Description of the research activities and area:

The Fellow will be expected to establish an independent, high-impact research programme that is relevant to new and forthcoming ‘Big Data’ observational surveys. A key focus of this role is to enhance and complement the world-leading research portfolio of the Centre for Astrophysics Research, by developing techniques for the mining and/or theoretical analysis/interpretation of data from large surveys in which the Centre has a leading role (particularly LSST and the SKA precursors). This is a fixed-term, 5-year, 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. S/he 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 Data Intensive Science and participate in attracting external funding, previous success being a desirable attribute. S/he 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. A particular strength of the Centre is survey astronomy. Its members lead cutting edge surveys in the visible/near-infrared/submillimeter/radio wavelengths and are involved in a broad spectrum of theoretical work, including hydro-dynamical simulations in cosmological volumes that can be compared to large current and future datasets. For more information about the Centre and the School please visit: and

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.


Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Martin Hardcastle, Director Centre for Astrophysics Research, School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (email: or tel: 01707 286409).

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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