PDRA in Polarimetry of Extreme Outflows

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Liverpool John Moores Univeristy
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Research Institute
L3 5RF
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) of Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.  Building on the success of the RINGO series of polarimeters, we are now constructing a fully optimized polarimeter (MOPTOP) for time domain astrophysics.  We seek to appoint an STFC funded PDRA to lead the scientific exploitation of MOPTOP in a diverse range of time-variable sources such as active galactic nuclei (AGN), X-ray binaries (XRBs) and gamma ray bursts (GRBs).  In these high energy sources, polarization allows us to probe the physical conditions at spatial scales that will never be accessible to direct optical imaging observations.

Duties of the Liverpool based PDRA will include modification of existing RINGO3 pipeline software to handle MOPTOP data, participation in the instrument calibration activities, managing observing programmes, data reduction, and leading the scientific interpretation of the data in at least one of the above science areas as well as others the PDRA identifies.

More details about the Liverpool Telescope are available at http://telescope.livjm.ac.uk/

More details about ARI are available at http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/Main_Page

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Liverpool Telescope Director) email: i.a.steele@ljmu.ac.uk or Dr Helen Jermak (New Robotic Telescope Project Scientist) email: h.e.jermak@ljmu.ac.uk

For further information, including job description, and to apply online please visit our website:


Alternatively contact the People and Organisational Development Department on +44 151 904 6130 or 6131 (email: jobs@ljmu.ac.uk)

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from all women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented within ARI. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age or disability.

Included Benefits: 

The UK has a National Health Service and maternity and patenity leave.  

Annual leave: allowance of 30 days plus 8 public holidays. 

Childcare: vouchers which are exempt from tax and national insurance (up to a value of £243 per month). You could save up to £933 per year. 

Pension: access to a generous defined benefit pension scheme. 

Travel: various interest free travel loans for annual season tickets, cycle to work scheme and reduced-rate city centre car parking. 

Flexible working: maintain a healthy balance between work and home life with opportunities to work flexibly - including flexi time and job sharing where possible. 

Health and wellbeing: we offer counselling and advice services, a voluntary dental plan option and free off-peak gym membership to help you keep fit. 

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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