Postdoctoral Researcher in IFU Galaxy Evolution - JRID47263

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 28, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
February 3, 2014
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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University of Portsmouth
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
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Julie Bower
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
Street Address Line 1: 
Dennis Sciama Building
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Burnaby Road
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United Kingdom
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Postdoctoral Researcher in IFU Galaxy Evolution
Fixed term contract for 2 years with with a possible 3rd year extension contingent upon progress and funding.

Vacancy Name: 10010556 Senior Research Associate

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG, intends to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy and data processing development to support its research in the Faculty of Technology at the University of Portsmouth.

The successful applicant will work on the upcoming project Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO, which is part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV. MaNGA is an optical fiber-based multi-object IFU that will target 10,000 galaxies over a 6 year campaign with start of survey operations on July 1st 2014. MaNGA will allow the internal kinematics and spatially-resolved properties of stellar populations and gas inside galaxies to be studied as a function of local environment and halo mass for the very first time. The successful candidate will participate in the development of MaNGA's data processing software and in the scientific analysis of MaNGA data with Dr Daniel Thomas, Dr Karen Masters, Dr Claudia Maraston, and other MaNGA team members at the ICG and within the SDSS-IV collaboration.

The start date will be 1st September 2014. We expect to make an appointment for two years with the possibility of renewal for a third year based on satisfactory performance and available funding. The salary range will be from £27,854 to £31,331 per year, and will be based on experience of the successful applicant.

A PhD in astronomy or physics is required. Experience with data processing of large data sets and software development is preferable, and previous involvement in IFU observations and analysis will be considered as a plus. Experience with or interest in stellar population analysis and/or kinematics would be helpful. Applicants should submit an application form, a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a statement of research interests through the online application system at by the closing date 3rd February 2014. They should further arrange for three reference letters to be sent by email to, to arrive by the same date. Late applications may be considered until the post has been filled, please contact the HR Recruitment team via for details on how to apply after the deadline.

For informal enquiries please contact Daniel Thomas and Karen Masters via email at (, or by calling +44 (0)23 9284 5151.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. Portsmouth is member of the Athena SWAN charter and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter. These projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for women and men.

Included Benefits: 

The Appointee will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. The scheme's provisions include a final salary based, index-linked pension with an option to exchange some pension for a lump sum on retirement together with dependants’ benefits. Contributions by the employee are subject to tax relief.