We seek to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the study of brown dwarfs in large scale surveys. The researcher will be based in the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR), and work with David Pinfield, Hugh Jones and Phil Lucas.
The post will support brown dwarf research in the following main areas; the search for Y and T dwarfs in WISE, measuring the substellar birth-rate / formation history through population studies and kinematic population membership, and understanding ultracool atmospheres through the identification and study of benchmark brown dwarfs (with properties constrained by Gaia).
The position is funded by the Science and Technology Research Council (STFC) as part of CAR's Consolidated Grant. In the first instance the position is available for the 6 months between October 1st 2014 and 31 March 2015. The post may be funded for an additional 3 years depending on the outcome of a grant application in review, and on review of the appointee's performance in post. The starting salary will be on the UH7 academic scale, in the range £30,700-£33,500 pa, depending on the appointee's postdoctoral experience.
Applications (including CV, personal statement and the names of 2 referees) should be submitted online or sent to Prof. Pinfield by 3rd August 2014. On-line submission should be made through the University of Hertfordshire jobs web pages: please select research vacancies on the entry page, and click on the tab for this vacancy (ID 012049) to find further details. Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. David Pinfield (+44 (0)1707 284171, D.J.Pinfield@herts.ac.uk).