A postdoctoral position in AGN and compact object variability is available in the Southampton Astronomy Group. The group lead a number of major AGN multiwaveband monitoring programmes, eg with Swift, XMM-Newton, Astrosat and the JVLA. The aims are to understand the inner geometry of AGN and the relationship between the emissions in different wavebands. The successful applicant would be expected to participate in these programmes but would also be encouraged to develop complementary programmes. Applications are welcomed from both observers and theoreticians/computer modellers. Expertise in time series analysis is required and skills in analysis of X-ray data particularly, but also in other wavebands, would be useful. The position is available for 2 years in the first instance with a possible extension to 3 years. The starting salary will be between £29,799 and £31,604 depending on level of experience.
The Southampton Astronomy Group is one of the world's leading groups in the study of compact objects and variability across all wavebands and with interests in all scales from X-ray binary systems to cosmological.
The Astronomy group is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy, which is ranked as a world top-30 Physics department. We are part of the larger Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering which brings together fundamental physics research with one of the UK's largest and strongest computer science departments (www.fpse.soton.ac.uk). We are also part of the new STAG Institute (Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation) which combines researchers across Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. We are strongly committed to diversity and you will be supported in developing your career whilst maintaining a good work/life balance.
The deadline for the receipt of application is 3rd March 2018. The position is available from 1 April 2018 but can be delayed for a suitable applicant. Applicants should hold a PhD in a subject related to AGN and Compact Object Variability or expect to submit a PhD thesis before taking up the position. For further enquiries contact Prof Ian McHardy.
You should submit an online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk, through which you should also attach a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests and arrange for two letters of reference to be received by the application deadline. The position is listed under 'Job Opportunities', with reference 965718WF, which should be quoted in all correspondence. For assistance with the application procedure contact Rosie McPhail.