Research fellow in transient/multi-messenger astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK, invites applications for a 5 year, ERC-funded postdoc position in time-domain and multi-messenger astronomy.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Matt Nicholl on explosive transients and follow-up of gravitational waves. They will develop tools to identify transients in next-generation optical surveys, and lead studies of transients such as kilonovae, superluminous supernovae and tidal disruption events. Applicants with a background in transients, observational data analysis, or machine learning are especially encouraged to apply.

The astrophysics group at the University of Birmingham have programs with observatories such as VLT, HST, Swift, Gemini and the Liverpool Telescope. The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy are members of LIGO and LISA and active in all areas of GW astrophysics. Dr Nicholl’s group are members of surveys including ENGRAVE, ePESSTO+, and LSST:UK.

The earliest starting date is October 1, 2021, but a later date can be negotiated. Candidates must have a PhD in astronomy or equivalent by the date of appointment.

Please submit applications online by January 15, 2021.

For inquiries please email

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$41000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$53000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Appointment at Grade 7, actual salary in GBP
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 19, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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