Research Assistant/Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of Cambridge
Department Name: 
Institute of Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2021.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the theme "Black holes and their host galaxies: coevolution across cosmic time". This is a European Research Council funded position working with Dr Debora Sijacki, the P.I. of the project. The study encompasses a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy clusters and groups. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research in this area, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills. Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field or have submitted by time of appointment.

The current research salary scale is £25,728 - £30,688 (Research Assistant) and £31,604 - £38,833 (Research Associate) p.a., depending on experience, plus superannuation benefits.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please see URL link below. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date.  Further information about the role can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter and the contact details of three referees. The names and contact details of the referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of Midnight (GMT) Monday, 4th December 2017.

Please quote reference LG13472 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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