Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Brown Dwarfs

University of Hertfordshire - Physics, Astronomy and Maths (PAM)/Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)

Salary: Starting at £32,548 pa to £35,550 pa, with appointment at the higher starting grades being dependent on substantial proven post-doctoral experience    

Grade: UH7

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

Duration of Contract: Fixed Term Contract for up to Three Years

We seek to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the project "Understanding brown dwarfs in the Gaia era" at the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR). The researcher will work with Prof. David Pinfield (and the Low-mass Group), and will also collaborate with members of the Gaia consortium.

The post will support research in the following main areas;

Identification and characterization of ultracool companions to Gaia primaries ("Gaia benchmark" systems) using large-scale optical and near-infrared surveys; mapping the relationship between ultracool atmosphere/physical properties and spectroscopic/photometric diagnostics; using parallax distances of the Gaia-detected L/T population to study unresolved brown dwarf binarity, and determining the implications for population studies of the sub-stellar IMF/formation history.

Experience in brown dwarf research and in the acquisition and reduction of photometric, spectroscopic and/or astrometric observations is essential together with a record of publishing scientific papers. Skills and abilities to complete research tasks in an effective and timely way and to work well as part of a research team are essential.

The post is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council as part of CAR's Consolidated Grant and is available for up to 3 years with a start date of 1st April 2018 or soon thereafter.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant area or must have been approved for the award of a PhD degree before taking up the position.

Applications should be submitted online via the recruitment website and should be accompanied by PDF versions of a CV, a list of publications, a summary of previous research (not exceeding two sides of A4 paper), and the contact details of two referees willing to write on your behalf.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. David Pinfield Tel: +44 (0)1707 284171,

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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