AtLAST Scientist

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

AtLAST Scientist
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
Salary: £31,305 to £34,028 per annum
Full Time
Fixed-Term Contract (36 Months)

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Project Science team at STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh. The UK ATC is the national centre of expertise for the design and production of state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and systems. It provides a friendly and flexible environment, on a beautiful site combining a historic observatory with modern state-of-the-art facilities.

We are looking for an enthusiastic astronomer to work with our scientists and software engineers in the development of the science cases for AtLAST ( The AtLAST project is a Horizon 2020 design study funded to create a baseline telescope design built around the science specifications of the community.  The role is primarily in support of the community deriving the overall science priorities and to develop the telescope simulator. You will also be expected to pursue your own research programme in an area reflecting the science priorities of the UK ATC, including the evolution of our Galaxy and star formation. A statement of your research interests should be included with your application.

The UKATC is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

About You

We are looking for a reliable and flexible person with good interpersonal skills who can integrate and work effectively within our project teams. Good written and verbal communication skills (in English) and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and project partners are essential. You must be willing and able to travel to our partner institutes and to project meetings both in the UK and overseas.

In addition to the above, you will have a PhD in Astronomy, or related field, and a track record of published research in astronomy and or astronomical instrumentation. You will have knowledge of a numerical coding language and a working knowledge of radio/sub-mm astronomy and single-dish data analysis.


As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package that includes 30 days annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, an excellent defined-benefit pension scheme, and flexible working options that support a good work-life balance. Within this post there will be opportunities for professional development courses, both through STFC and support of other training that will help your career development.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Ensure you showcase your skills and how they relate to the criteria set out for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at . Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 27th January 2021.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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