We seek to appoint a research associate to work on the Newton Fund project “Building Capacity for Thai Radio Astronomy”. The post-holder will work with Dr Mark Thompson, Dr James Dale and Dr Martin Krause, and will also work closely with the outreach teams in Hertfordshire and at the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. The main duty of the research associate will be to support the creation of a radio astronomy planetarium show called “The Radio Sky”.
Experience in manipulating or processing astronomical radio observations and/or spectroscopic data from large area/all-sky surveys is essential, with experience of either giving or designing planetarium shows being particularly desirable. Additionally, applicants must have experience of public engagement or outreach in astronomy. A willingness to travel to Thailand and work closely with their outreach team is essential.
The post is available for up to 2 years with a start date in September 2018 or soon thereafter. The starting salary will be on the UH6 scale at point 24 and is expected to be £27,285 incrementing annually. Consideration to appointment at a higher salary point will be given in the case of post-doctoral or relevant experience.
Applicants must hold a BSc or Masters degree in a relevant topic (astronomy, astrophysics, and physics). PhD level qualifications are preferred.
Applications should be submitted online via the recruitment website and should be accompanied by PDF versions of a CV, a list of publications, a summary of previous research or outreach experience (not exceeding two sides of A4 paper), and the contact details of two referees willing to write on your behalf.
The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.
Apply online at http://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-vacancies