Project Scientist - JRID45638

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
October 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
November 11, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution/Company Name: 
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Chris Evans
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
Email Address for Inquiries: 
Chris Evans (
Job Announcement Text: 
Applications are invited for a fixed-term (3 year) position in the Project Science Group at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. The primary role of the successful applicant will be as the Instrument Scientist for the Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS), recently selected by the European Southern Observatory as the next facility-class instrument for the Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. The role will entail scientific support and modelling for the MOONS project as it progresses through its advanced design phase and into construction. The successful applicant will also be part of the MOONS science team, and will lead the interface between the science and engineering teams. The post will also comprise roles in other areas of the UKATC astronomy programme. For example, development and characterisation of new infrared detectors for future space missions (e.g. the potential Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory, EChO), testing of the JWST-MIRI instrument, and/or toward design studies for future instrumentation for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Depending on the expertise of the successful applicant, there is also scope for roles in projects outside of the core astronomy programme, which exploit the technology and skills of the UKATC in, e.g., medical imaging. The applicant will be expected to pursue their own research programme, preferably in an area related to the interests of the group, and they should include a statement of research interests with their application. UKATC astronomers have a diverse range of interests (including galaxy evolution, stellar populations, debris disks, and asteroids). The UKATC is co-located with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Astronomy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, providing a rich research environment and opportunities to supervise PhD students. For an exceptional candidate appointment to a higher salary band will be considered. Applications received by Monday, November 11, 2013 will receive full consideration. Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV at: Please also arrange for two academic references to be sent to Dr Chris Evans (
Included Benefits: 

Index-linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance; full details can be found on STFC’s benefits pages: