Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.
The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), located at the West Cambridge site, expects to appoint several postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. Research at the IoA includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts follow-up science; near-field cosmology; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization; cosmic microwave background cosmology and large-scale structure; transients and supernova cosmology; and astrostatistics.
Appointments could be made in any area within the overall programme detailed above.
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; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high-performance computing, telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.
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 in observational and/or theoretical astronomy. Salary is on the postdoctoral scale at Grade 5 for those close to completion of PhD (Research Assistant - £26,243 to £31,302 p.a.) or Grade 7 for those with proof of PhD (Research Associate - £32,236 to £39,609 p.a.) plus superannuation benefits.
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Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Full instructions on how to apply are given in the further particulars; queries can be addressed to Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).
The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students. Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. We have an active Equality and Diversity Committee which continually works to further the aims of the Athena SWAN charter. The University has a number of family-friendly policies and initiatives, including a returning-carer scheme, childcare costs support, university workplace nurseries, university holiday play-schemes, and a shared parental-leave policy. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment for researchers, the IoA ensures that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.
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