New Robotic Telescope - Project Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Archive Date: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Liverpool John Moores University
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Research Institute
Street Line 1: 
ic2 Liverpool Science Park
Street Line 2: 
146 Brownlow Hill
L3 5RF
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.  Working with international partners we now intend to build a 4.0m class robotic telescope on the same site.  

We seek a project scientist to take responsibility for maintaining and updating the telescope science case to take advantage of emerging opportunities in time domain astrophysics.  You will work with engineering staff to ensure the telescope design will meet the science requirements and to organize independent reviews.  You will also take a lead in developing the specification of the robotic and scheduling software for the telescope.   A significant part of the role will be outward facing, working with stakeholders and potential users to promote the facility.  You will also be expected to contribute to the research work of the Institute at an internationally competitive level.

The post will be initially offered as a three year fixed term contract based in the UK.  Salary will be in the range GBP 32,548 - 38,833.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Liverpool Telescope Director) email:

Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight UK time on the advertised closing date.

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in ARI.


Included Benefits: 

Detailes of the included benefits are available at

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Iain Steele
Professor of Astronomical Technology
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