Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Galactic Plane Radio 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 "Galactic Plane radio surveys with Square Kilometer Array precursors and pathfinders" at the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR). The researcher will work with Dr Mark Thompson, Dr James Dale and Dr Jan Forbrich, and will also collaborate with members of the KuGARS and MeerGAL consortia.

Experience in the acquisition and reduction of radio interferometry data and of research in the area of star formation is essential, with experience of JVLA observations desirable in particular together with a record of publishing scientific papers. 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 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.

The post will support research in the following main areas:

Identification and characterization of hypercompact and ultracompact HII regions in the KuGARS survey; using multiwavelength survey data to investigate luminosity dependencies and constrain evolutionary models of massive star formation; developing broadband radio recombination line techniques for MeerKAT; and determining the ionising photon budget lost from HII regions.

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 '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 Mark Thompson   +44 (0)1707 284605,

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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