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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Evolution (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £57,696 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 19th March 2024
Job Ref: KA40587

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Astrophysics Group of the Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Senior Research Associate to work in support of activities related to the group's programme on the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes. The Astrophysics Group and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology conduct a broad programme of astrophysics research involving instrumentation, observation, theory and modelling. Most relevant to this post, the team led by Prof Roberto Maiolino and Dr Sandro Tacchella exploits a variety of multi-band data on nearby and distant galaxies, obtained from various observing facilities and surveys, including ALMA, ESO-VLT, JWST NIRSpec and NIRCam GTO and GO programmes, and, soon, with MOONS@VLT. The group also uses extensive cosmological simulations and theoretical models for comparison with observational data.

The successful applicant is expected to work in collaboration with the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino and Dr Sandro Tacchella on the analysis and interpretation of observational data (especially from some of the facilities discussed above) to investigate the physical processes driving the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes, also through comparison with cosmological simulations.

Further information on the research activities of the Kavli Institute and of the team can be found at:

https://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk

https://www.robertomaiolino.net

https://www.tacchella.space

Applicants should have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or a closely related discipline; those who have not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant. They should have a proven track record in research in astrophysics. The candidate must be experienced with astronomical data analysis and interpretation and familiar with software packages for data analysis.

Starting date: Flexible between May and December 2024.

You will be offered one of the following two salary grades: Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263, Senior Research Associate: £45,585 - £57,696; depending on the skills and experience you are able to bring to the role.

Appointment as a Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 - £32,982) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

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

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Prof Roberto Maiolino (rm665@phy.cam.ac.uk.). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact mott.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA40587 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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