Research Associate in mm/submm Astronomy (2 year fixed term) School of Physics, College of Science, NUI Galway Ref. No. NUIG-085-19

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
National University of Ireland Galway
Department Name: 
School of Physics
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Research Associate in mm/submm Astronomy (2 year fixed term)

School of Physics, College of Science, NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG-085-19


Job Description:

The successful candidate will conduct research in the group led by Professor Gear, focused primarily on exploitation of results from the James Clerk Maxwell telescope (JCMT) to which NUIG has access as a consortium member, and also the ESO facilities to which Ireland has access as a member of the European Southern Observatory.




  • To conduct research within the research group of Prof. Gear, in particular obtaining, and analysing utilising results from the programmes in Galactic and Extragalactic science on the JCMT, but also other appropriate facilities worldwide.
  • Contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national and international academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects



Essential Requirements:

Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area

  1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
  2. The structure and kinematics of the interstellar medium in our own and/or nearby galaxies
  3. Experience in reducing and analysing data from large continuum cameras such as SCUBA-2 on the JCMT.
  4. Knowledge of current status of research in this specialist field
  5. Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals
  6. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  7. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
  8. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  9. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
  10. Proven ability to work without close supervision

Desirable Requirements:


  • Experience of reducing and analysing data from the Atacama large Millimetre Array (ALMA) or other high frequency interferometric observatories.

Salary: €37,223 to €48,208 per annum

Start date: Position is available immediately

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Professor Walter Gear,

Please put reference number NUIG-085-19 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Thursday, 23rd May 2019

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Walter Gear