Postdoctoral Research Associate: Data Pipeline and Payload Simulations Development for the Ariel Exoplanet Characterisation Satellite

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Publish Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2022
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Cardiff University
United Kingdom
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Salary:£35,333 - £42,155 per annum (Grade 6)

Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy

Vacancy Number: 15172BR

The Cardiff University Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) is part of the international consortium developing the scientific payload for the European Space Agency’s Ariel exoplanet characterisation space mission, scheduled for launch in 2029. Our responsibilities within the international Ariel Payload Consortium include end-to-end simulation of satellite observations and development of the science data reduction pipeline. We seek a talented and highly-motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate with a background in software development and data analysis related to astronomical or similar scientific instruments that produce large data sets requiring complex calibration and processing, and automatic data reduction pipelines. You will work with colleagues at Cardiff and internationally as part of a team that will define, develop, validate, document, and use Ariel simulation and pipeline software. There will also be opportunities to participate in the group’s exoplanet science programmes and in the development and planning of the Ariel observational programme.

Please submit your completed application form, your CV, and a covering letter with a summary of your experience and suitability for the position.

This full-time post is available for up to the end of March 2025, with the possibility of renewal depending on the availability of future funding.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Matt Griffin ([email protected] ) or Dr Subhajit Sarkar ([email protected]

For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy please contact
Helen James ([email protected]) mailto:[email protected]

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 November 2022.

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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Dr Subhajit Sarkar
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland