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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astronomy

Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Physics

Location: Egham
Salary: From £39,233 per annum - including London Allowance. This is the expected starting salary for this post however appointment at a higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st May 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: 0524-185

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Full time, Fixed term for a maximum of 21 months, until 31 March 2026.

Applications are invited for the post of Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics. 

The role is in the Astronomy group, a part of the Centre for Particle Physics and Astronomy at Royal Holloway – University of London. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Justyn Maund, investigating the explosive origins of supernovae. The role will be concerned with the analysis of data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the William Herschel Telescope and the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope.  This research may involve the analysis of large datasets, the generation of new simulations and the utilisation of Machine Learning techniques.  

The PDRA will be expected to hold a PhD in astrophysics at the start of the appointment, and to have experience with the analysis and interpretation of observations and simulations pertaining to supernovae and their progenitors.   A good general knowledge of the astrophysics of massive star evolution and core-collapse supernovae is desirable.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Justyn Maund on justyn.maund@rhul.ac.uk.

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk 

Please quote the reference: 0524-185

Closing Date:   23:59, 30 June 2024  

Interview Date: To be Confirmed 

Further details:   Job Description & Person Specification    

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