The Institute of Astronomy, (IoA) West Cambridge, expects to appoint postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The programmes are broadly defined and incorporate research undertaken by IoA faculty members. The research includes observational work in near-field cosmology, Gaia satellite temporal science, star and planet formation in the Galaxy, star formation in galaxies, evolution of galaxy and AGN populations, gravitational lensing, quasar absorption lines; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; theoretical work on the cosmic microwave background and the early universe, structure and galaxy formation, accretion discs, formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems. Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students.
Research proposals that include the exploitation of the near IR VISTA Hemisphere Survey and Dark Energy Surveys for the discovery and exploitation of high redshift quasars are particularly encouraged.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The primary criteria for selection will be based on research excellence. The current salary scale is £27,854 to £36,298 p.a. (Research Associate) or £24,049 to £27,047 (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits. In exceptional cases appointment of a more experienced candidate at the level of Senior Research Associate (£37,382 to £47,314) 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. Applications should include a CV, publications list, and statement of research interests and a CHRIS/6 cover sheet (part 1 and 3 only required). The names and contact details for three referees should also be provided. 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 on-line generated request) by 13th January 2014.
Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)
Limit of tenure: Nomally 3 years (up to 5 years in exceptional circumstances)
Closing date 6th January 2014
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