ÖPIK RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Salary range: £38,017 - £41,799 3-Year Fixed-Term Appointment
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) invites applications for the Öpik Fellowship, named in honour of former AOP director Ernst Öpik (1893 –1985) and his pioneering work from the study of asteroids to that of galaxies.
AOP is seeking to appoint an individual on an upward career trajectory and with an outstanding research record, who is looking to establish a unique research area that would contribute to, or complement, our ongoing research. This is a unique opportunity to carry out independent research in one of the longest continuously operating astronomical research institutes in the world and one of the world’s most advanced planetarium. We deliver internationally recognised research in astronomy and related sciences and vibrant educational and outreach programmes for all ages. Its research staff work on a range of topics, from the study of our Sun and Solar System to distant galaxies, has access to all UK national observing facilities, including ESO, ALMA and ESA, and participate in several international projects such as GOTO, SALT, I-LOFAR, CTA and Comet Interceptor.
The establishment of the Öpik Fellowship is in keeping with our long-term ambition to be a diverse research environment covering a broad range of astrophysical topics. Applications are welcome from candidates working in any field related to astrophysics, including theory, observations, simulations and instrumentation. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out original and significant research at international-quality standards, to regularly publish this research in major refereed journals and to present at international workshops and meetings. The Öpik Fellow will also be expected to effectively communicate their research results to the general public and to contribute to the broader public engagement and outreach functions of AOP. Finally, the Öpik Fellow will also be welcome to contribute to the supervision and training of PhD students at AOP.
Applicants must have, by the closing date: A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or Astronomy (or related subject)
Closing date: Friday 6th August 2021 @ 1600hrs
As a Juno Practitioner, AOP embraces equality and welcomes applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates and members of other groups that are under-represented in physics.