Postdoctoral Research Assistant in High Energy Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics (Astrophysics)
Street Line 1: 
Denys Wilkinson Building
Street Line 2: 
Keble Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal: 
OX1 3RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in High Energy Astrophysics .

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

This project will explore the physics of relativistic jets propagating away from black hole and neutron star X-ray binaries, specifically testing their observable properties against models developed for gamma-ray burst afterglows. In this way we aim to advance our understanding of X-ray binary jets, in particular our ability to measure the total energy associated with the ejection, and in parallel test and refine the gamma-ray burst models against the exceptional data available for X-ray binary jets.

The successful candidate will work with both observers and theoreticians to apply relativistic blast wave models to jets from X-ray binaries. They will make use of guaranteed time on the MeerKAT and AMI-LA radio telescopes, and on the MeerLICHT optical telescope, as well as many other international facilities. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in Astrophysics or a related field and ideally a strong background in high energy astrophysics.

Previous experience in the field of high energy astrophysics, X-ray binaries and/or gamma-ray bursts will be an advantage.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a clear ability to think across traditional subject boundaries, to be able to work with both observational data and theoretical models, to be able to work in a team and communicate clearly.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Rob Fender ([email protected]). Only applications received before midday 31st January 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests and CV as part of your online application.  You should also arrange for your two referees to submit your references to [email protected] before the deadline.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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HR Team
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics
Street Line 1: 
Clarendon Lab
Street Line 2: 
Parks Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
OX1 3PU
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
154908
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Prof. Rob Fender
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