These three fixed-term 3-year positions are funded by the ERC, STFC and Leverhulme Trust, and are available from Oct 1st 2021, or soon thereafter.
The Department of Physics seeks to appoint three Research Fellows to work with Prof. Boris Gaensicke within the area of evolved planetary systems. The team will jointly work on the spectroscopic identification of white dwarfs accreting planetary debris, measuring the bulk abundances of the disrupted parent bodies, maintain an existing model atmosphere code, and investigate the short- and long-term variability of evolved planetary systems, including the search for transits from debris and planets. The team is involved in SDSS-V, DESI, WEAVE and ZTF-II, with immediate access to the spectroscopic and photometry data that these surveys deliver. The Research Fellows will actively participate in these surveys, and will also have the opportunity to co-supervise postgraduate and undergraduate research students.
The candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a doctoral degree in astrophysics or a related field. Expertise in one or several of the following areas is desirable: model atmosphere analysis, large-scale astronomical survey planning and operations, database development, analysis of time-series photometry containing irregular signals.
An application form (see the link below) must be completed if you wish to be considered for this post. Applicants should also submit a cover letter with a concise description of their research accomplishments and relevant technical experience, as well as a CV including a full publication list. You will be asked to give references, but reference letters are not needed before the closing date.