Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Eruptive YSOs and Time-domain Surveys

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 "Eruptive YSOs and the Milky Way

Time domain surveys: VVV and VVVX" at the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics Research

(CAR). The researcher will work with Dr Philip Lucas (and the Star Formation group), and will also collaborate with the VVV consortium in Chile and elsewhere.

The post holder will be required to carry out and regularly publish research, will present at research conferences, prepare telescope time proposals, supervise students and support CAR’s outreach programmes.

Experience in working with photometric datasets is essential together with a record of publishing scientific papers and of work on Young Stellar Objects or a related field; experience with spectroscopic and time-domain data and of supervising students is desirable. 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 will support research in the following main areas:

Identification of eruptive YSO candidates in the VVV and VVVX surveys; detailed analysis of variable YSO light curves, including exploration of new methods of time-domain analysis to characterise the variability and test theoretical predictions; spectroscopy of variable YSOs from VVV and UKIDSS; adaptive optics imaging and imaging polarimetry of variable YSOs; modelling of spectroscopic and imaging data; variability-based selection of samples of normal YSOs from the surveys.

The post also supports development and delivery of advanced public survey products such as PSF photometry and proper motions, in collaboration with other members of the VVV and VVVX consortia.

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 Dr Philip Lucas +44 (0)1707 286070,

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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