The Astrophysics Ressearch Centre of Queen's University Belfast seeks to make an appointment to the Michael West Fellowship. We are searching for high calibre early-career scientists with excellent research records who are developing independent research prorgammes. Successful candidates will be awarded the 2 year prize fellowship which is funded by a philanthropic donation to the University.
The research interests of the successful candidate must complement and strengthen existing research within the Astrophysics Research Centre : supernovae and transients, extrasolar planets and protoplanetary disks, solar physics and solar system physics. For this appointment of the Michael West fellowship we are particularly seeking candidates either in solar system or exoplanet research, but all relevant research areas will be considered.
The successful candidate will be expected to lead their own reserach programme and also to lead aspects of our active programme of public engagement and public understanding of science. The candidate should be an enthusiastic and willing communicator of astronomy and astrophysics to the general public and school pupils. The candidate will be given a research travel and equipment budget commensurate for an early career fellowship holder. A budget will also be allocated for outreach projects and programmes.
Astrophysics at Queen's has been identified by the University for growth and investment. Staff have attracted major fellowships including Royal Society and STFC Fellowships, EURYI and ERC Advanced Grants, Leverhulme Senior Fellowship, and the William Penny Fellowship. We hold significant grant funding from the UK's Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC), the EU (FP7 and ERC), Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society, EPSRC, and philanthropic sources. We are members of the Pan-STARRS1 Science Consortium, the UK's SuperWASP facility and builders of the ROSA solar imager. ARC has new leadership roles in the Next Generation Transit Survey, HARPS-N and PESSTO (an ESO Public survey) and will invest in next generation wide-field sky surveys. We are passionate about public outreach and education and support a wide range of educational activities in the local community.
Candidates should submit a CV through the University online application system. The CV should include a publication list and a 2 page research plan.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Stephen Smartt:
e-mail email@example.com, telephone +44 (0)28 9097 1245.
Salary: £30,424-£39,649 per annum (including contribution points).