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Research Associate/Research Assistant-White Dwarf (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Institute of Astronomy

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,605 to £44,263 pa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2023
Closes: 12th January 2024
Job Ref: LG39062

Applications are invited for a Royal Society funded postdoctoral post at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA), University of Cambridge, to work within the research group of Dr Amy Bonsor, Royal Society University Research Fellow (https://people.ast.cam.ac.uk/~abonsor/). The group has broad interests spanning questions involving links between planet formation and composition of exoplanets, with focus on white dwarf planetary systems.

The IoA offers vibrant research environments for exoplanetary science, with work in wide-ranging areas, i.e.exoplanet detection/characterization, atmospheres and interiors, planet formation and circumstellar environments. We have a diverse research community, many cross-disciplinary interactions and links to the Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong expertise in at least one of:

White dwarfs, particularly planetary systems; Astronomical spectroscopy (e.g. stellar or white dwarfs); Geophysical modelling/ cosmochemistry (preferably with experience/desire to apply to astronomy); Planetary Systems Dynamics.

Candidates with unlisted relevant expertise are encouraged to discuss this with Dr Bonsor (abonsor@ast.cam.ac.uk). 

The successful applicant will pursue independent and collaborative research, develop interactions with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students. They will disseminate research findings via publications & other media, (international workshops/conferences) and are encouraged to participate in teaching and learning, in postgraduate research student supervision and in outreach. 

Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy, Planetary Science or related discipline.* Successful candidates will be expected to complete research in a collegial environment, with strong communication and computing skills. 

The appointment will be at Grade 7 (Research Associate) £36,024-£44,263 p.a. , depending on experience/qualifications. *A successful candidate, not yet awarded a PhD will be appointed at Grade 5 (Research Assistant) £32,982 to £33,966 p.a. and amended to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of PhD. 

The role's purpose is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Contribution to excellence in research will be as team member carrying out research at a similar level to that undertaken by lecturing staff and will provide substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation and presentation of results. 

Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. We have an active Equality and Diversity Committee, working to further the aims of the Athena SWAN charter. The University has several family-friendly policies and initiatives, i.e. a returning-carer scheme, childcare costs support, workplace nurseries and holiday play- schemes, and a shared parental-leave policy. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment for researchers, the IoA ensures where parental leave is needed during employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for leave taken.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

The post is full-time, but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the 'Apply' button above.

Please upload your CV, cover letter, publications list and research statement (3xA4 pages max, 11pt font) in the Upload section. Names and contact details of 3 academic referees are essential. Please advise referees that references will be requested for 12th January 2024.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Institute particularly welcomes applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented.

 

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