Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Evolution (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

The Astrophysics Group of the Department of Physics, and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in support of activities related to the group's observational programme on galaxy formation and evolution. Within this framework, the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino exploits a variety of multi-band data on nearby and distant galaxies, obtained from various observing facilities and surveys (including ALMA, ESO-VLT, SDSS4-MANGA), and is heavily involved in the preparation of the observing programmes planned for some of the major forthcoming observational facilities, such as JWST-NIRSpec and VLT@MOONS.

The successful applicant is expected to work in collaboration with the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino on the analysis and interpretation of observational data to investigate the physical processes driving galaxy evolution. Further information on the research activities of the team can be found at:

Applicants should have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or a closely related discipline (or should have a PhD in these areas by the time they start the job). They should have a proven track record in research and publications in astrophysics. The candidate must be experienced with astronomical data analysis and software packages for data analysis, and specifically experienced with the analysis of spectroscopic data. Specific experience with optical/near-infrared spectroscopy, or (sub)millimetre interferometry, or multi-object spectroscopy, or integral field spectroscopy is desirable. Experience with the spectroscopic investigation of nearby or distant galaxies is also required. Experience with Python programming would be beneficial.

Starting date: Flexible between April and October 2018.

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

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

The applicant should upload a CV and a Statement of Research Interests (two pages maximum), by the closing date of 15th December 2017. The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to inform nominated referees of the need to provide references by Friday, 5th January 2018.

Further information regarding research may be obtained from Prof. Roberto Maiolino, by email: Any information regarding the application process may be obtained by sending an e-mail to:

Please quote reference KA13824 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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