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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Gravitational Wave Astronomy)

University of Birmingham - Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th November 2021
Closes: 1st January 2022
Job Ref: 98371

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.

Fixed Term contract for up to two years

Role Summary

The successful candidate will work on the analysis of the data from the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra network of gravitational-wave observatories and the astrophysical interpretation of the results concerning populations of neutron stars and black holes. They are expected to have a PhD in physics or a related subject and experience in gravitational-wave astronomy, astrophysics and statistical inference. The position comes with a generous travel budget. 

The Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy provides a vibrant and diverse environment with expertise across key areas of gravitational-wave astronomy: From theoretical to experimental gravitational-wave research, with applications to present and future-generation detectors, theoretical astrophysics, transient astronomy, gravitational-wave source modelling including numerical relativity, and general relativity theory. Current institute faculty members include Denis Martynov, Christopher Moore, Matt Nicholl, Patricia Schmidt, Clive Speake and Alberto Vecchio.

Main Duties

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification

  • The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in physics or a related subject and experience in gravitational-wave astronomy, astrophysics and statistical inference. 
  • The ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • The fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • The ability to assess resource requirements and use resources affectively
  • The ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires to Patricia Schmidt, email: P.Schmid@bham.ac.uk or Alberto Vecchhio, email: av@star.sr.bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website.

https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233, please quote Job Ref 98371 in all enquiries.

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