Applications are invited for two STFC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow positions in the Astrophysics and Space Research Group at the University of Birmingham.
The fellows will work on a joint observational and theoretical programme to investigate the astrophysics and mass function of galaxy groups and clusters to z~1, and the impact of selection biases on our understanding. Observational data for this programme come from international multi-wavelength surveys, in which Birmingham faculty are prominent, including XXL, LoCuSS and GAMA. Ongoing observations during the funding period include X-ray follow-up, deep DECam weak-lensing observations, and near-infrared observations at UKIRT and CFHT. On the theoretical side we have close links with simulators, including those responsible for the OWLS simulation, and its "Cosmo-OWLS" successor.
Relevant skills and interests for these positions include: X-ray data analysis, faint galaxy shape measurement for weak-lensing, strong/weak gravitational lens modelling, intra-cluster light measurement, dynamical mass analysis, and testing observational analysis/modelling methods using simulations. Candidates with observing experience over a range of wavelengths are also encouraged to apply. A PhD in astronomy or physics is required.
Funding for these positions begins on April 1, 2013, with preferred start date as soon as possible after this. The appointments will initially be for three years, with possible further extension depending on progress and funding. Starting salary will lie in the range £27,578 to £35,938 per year, with potential progression to £38,140.
Applicants should submit an application form, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and statement of research interests via www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx, quoting post number 43991. Three reference letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, before the closing date of 31st January. Interviews are expected be held in week beginning February 11th 2013.
Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be directed to Trevor Ponman
(email@example.com) or Graham Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), depending on the skills/interests of the applicant.