We are looking for a talented individual to make a major contribution to a new, EU-funded, project (“ARCHES”). ARCHES is an international project led by Dr Christian Motch at the Observatoire Astronomique Strasbourg, with Prof Mike Watson leading the local, Leicester, team. ARCHES aims to create an enhanced multi-wavelength database based on 3XMM, the latest (2013) release of the XMM-Newton serendipitous X-ray source catalogue. This new database will provide the basis for a wide range of studies of large samples of AGN, for example AGN-galaxy coevolution and the cosmic evolution of AGN properties. The appointee will carry out a research programme on any aspect of AGN population studies / AGN astrophysics based on the new multi-wavelength database and contribute to wider ARCHES project tasks such as the creation of the enhanced multi-wavelength database.
You must hold, or be about to obtain, a PhD in astronomy. Experience in AGN research and appropriate computing skills are essential, experience with survey astronomy and analysis of X-ray astronomy data will be an advantage.
This is a fixed term contract, available immediately for 2 years.
Applications must be made online via the University of Leicester Job Vacancies webpage: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/jobs/opportunities/jobsearch where this vacancy will be posted (search for "Physics & Astronomy" under "Department").
The closing date for applications is 1 March 2013.
Informal enquiries: Mike Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)