Research Fellow in Supernova and Transient Research

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, January 15, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Queens University Belfast
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Research Fellow in Supernova and Transient Research

Ref: 18/106173

School of Mathematics and Physics


Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the area of supernova and transient studies in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s.


These ERC Starting Grant funded posts are available for three years and will join the recently formed SUPERSTARS research group led by Principal Investigator Dr Kate Maguire.  The goals of the SUPERSTARS project include building a new state-of-the-art Type Ia supernova sample to constrain their progenitor and explosion physics, as well as exploring the diversity of white-dwarf explosions by combining new observational measurements with detailed light curve and spectral modelling. Members of the SUPERSTARS group will have access to data from the Pan-STARRS and ATLAS surveys, from which data for this project will come.


The successful candidates will benefit from the lively and international research environment of the Centre, as well as the expertise and knowledge provided by the world-leading supernova and transient group. The supernova and transient group is currently composed of three academic staff, four postdoctoral researchers, and seven postgraduate students.


The successful post holders will be active members of the supernova and transient research team within the Centre, they will assist in the delivery of new research programmes and provide complementary expertise to the existing programmes, and will carry out high level, professional scientific research that is globally competitive in the supernova and transient research area.


The successful candidates must:

  • Have a PhD awarded or about to be awarded in astrophysics.
  • Have at least three years’ relevant research experience.
  • Have a publication record commensurate with stage of career.
  • Have demonstrated and proven expertise in observational and/or theoretical astrophysics in a topic relevant to supernova and transient research.


Further information on the group and its research may be obtained at


Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Kate Maguire, email:


Anticipated interview date: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February 2018


Starting salary: £32,548 per annum


Closing date: Wednesday 14 February 2018


For full criteria and to apply online, visit For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN.  Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on


The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented in this particular category of work within this area, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.


Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$32548.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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