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Research Associate

University of Leicester - Physics and Astronomy

Location: Leicester
Salary: £35,326 to £40,927 per annum. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 3667

Vacancy terms: Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 March 2024

Hours per week: 37.5

Advert closes midnight on: 31 Oct 2021

About the role

The School of Physics and Astronomy is looking to appoint a research associate to assist with the AHEAD2020 EU-funded project which is intended to advance the integration of national efforts in high-energy astrophysics, keeping the European community at the cutting edge of science and technology and ensuring that observatories are at the state of the art. In this role you will support the time domain and multi-messenger astronomy. The key tasks (70% of the role) are to optimise trigger algorithms for Lobster-Eye telescope facilities and to participate in the provision of a public repository of high-energy data products to gravitational wave sources.

The role also involves work on the Swift project, joining the UK Swift Science Date Centre team. Swift is a NASA/UK/Italian mission designed originally for the study of gamma-ray bursts and is now the go-to X-ray facility for rapid response time domain astronomy, and plays a major role in multi-messenger astronomy. This particular part of the role (30%) is to maintain and further enhance and develop software systems and infrastructure used in the automated or on-demand analysis of data from the Swift X-ray Telescope.

About you

With a PhD in physics you will also have experience of developing and coding, preferably in Perl or Python. You should have a proven ability for analytical and technical problem-solving. We are looking for someone who can manage their own time and is able to prioritise their work accordingly. You will be working within a wider research team so excellent communication skills are essential.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Paul O'Brien on 

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