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.