Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Physics and Astronomy

Contract Type: Fixed term for a period of 36 months

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has active research programmes in soft matter physics, semiconductor physics, astrophysics, high-energy particle physics and biological physics. All of these groups contribute to a dynamic research environment.

We are seeking a Research Associate to become a member of the Astronomy group in the Department. You will work alongside Dr. Justyn Maund and Prof Paul Crowther on a project funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to investigate the connections between populations of massive stars and stripped envelope core-collapse supernovae in nearby star-forming galaxies.

You will take a lead role in the reduction, analysis and interpretation of high quality Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 observations of massive star regions in other galaxies, associated with recent type Ibc supernova explosions, with the goal of quantifying the single and binary progenitor channels using Bayesian statistical analysis tools.

You will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in astrophysics or have equivalent experience. You will have effective communication skills, both written and verbal, to present findings in small groups and large meetings and will have a good record of publications in international research journals that have a high impact.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award which recognise our dedication to gender equality.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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