The Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge has vacancies for up to five postdoctoral researchers related to the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey.
These are ERC-funded positions to work with Gerry Gilmore, the Gaia-ESO Survey Co-PI, on delivering the scientific potential of this ambitious project. The range of science goals is broad, covering all aspects of Milky-Way science. The positions are available starting April 1 2013, with a mix of 3-year and 5-year posts available.
The Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey began observations in Jan 2012. The Survey is allocated up to 300 nights VLT time over 5 years, obtaining R=20000 and R=50000 spectra of 100000 stars. All galactic stellar populations are being surveyed. A brief overview is available in the ESO Messenger, no147, pp25-31.
These positions are to work in implementing the Survey, with particular focus on ensuring the considerable range of scientific potential is delivered.
Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field or have submitted by the time of appointment. Appointment will be at the Research Associate level. The current Research Associate salary scale is £27,578 to £35,938 p.a., depending on experience, plus superannuation benefits. In exceptional cases appointment of more experienced candidates at the level of Senior Research Associate (£37,012 to £46,846) is possible. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Applications must be made via the on-line system accessible via the link above. The names and contact details of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references (in response to the online generated request) in good time. If you have any queries about your application, please email pdrec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk.
Further information is available at the Institute website http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk or can be obtained from Professor Gerry Gilmore (gil(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)