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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (Software Scientist) in Survey Astronomy

University of Southampton - Astronomy Group

Location: Southampton
Salary: £33,314 to £42,155 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th January 2023
Closes: 21st February 2023
Job Ref: 2152223WF
 

Full Time Fixed Term (33 months)

Closing Date: Tuesday 21 February 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of researchers at the University of Southampton, working towards delivering new science with the state-of-the-art Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space Time (LSST). LSST will be the largest and most comprehensive ground-based optical survey ever undertaken, delivering a petabyte scale dataset of billions of astronomical objects that will open up unprecedented new discovery space. You will be the lead Research Software Scientist delivering one of the UK's accepted software infrastructure contributions to the Rubin project - the LSST-VISTA Fusion Dataset. Our leadership of near infra-red astronomical surveys, specifically those conducted with the ESO VISTA Telescope, provides a unique value-added contribution to Rubin. The combined LSST-VISTA dataset will allow studies of the most distant, obscured and red astronomical sources thus widening the LSST discovery space. 

You will work within the research team led by Dr. Manda Banerji but interact widely with the rest of the Astronomy Group and the LSST:UK and International Collaborations. You will be responsible for developing the LSST-VISTA joint data analysis pipeline and scientifically validating the resulting data products for extragalactic astronomy applications. You will liaise closely with the Rubin Project and Data Management teams and the LSST Galaxies and AGN Science Collaborations. There will be training and networking opportunities as part of a team of Research Software Engineers who are delivering the UK's software contributions to Rubin. The wider Astronomy group at Southampton is leading other software infrastructure contributions to Rubin and also working on a number of related surveys (e.g. DES, VISTA, 4MOST, MOONS). The position therefore presents a unique opportunity to establish yourself at the forefront of modern ground-based survey astronomy. 

To be successful you will have a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics or a closely related field. Experience with software development for astronomy, high-performance computing and/or large astronomical surveys and databases will be considered an asset.

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.’

Please  supply a CV and brief research statement detailing your relevant experience in this area (2 pages  maximum) as a single PDF along with the details of two referees by the  application deadline. 

Informal enquiries about the position are very welcome and can be directed to Dr. Manda Banerji (E-mail: M.Banerji-Wright@soton.ac.uk).

*subject to qualifying criteria

 Application Procedure 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Quote the advert reference on all correspondence.

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