Postdoctoral position in LSST low surface brightness science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Liverpool John Moores University & University of Hertfordshire
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Research Institute
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Liverpool John Moores University
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IC2 Building, Liverpool Science Park
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146 Brownlow Hill
L3 5RF
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited to apply for a 2.5 year STFC supported postdoctoral position to perform key preparatory work for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The work will focus on developing techniques to optimize sky subtraction for the preservation of low-surface-brightness features (e.g. intra-cluster light and extended tidal features around merging galaxies) and mitigating shredding by de-blenders, both of which are critical for enabling low-surface-brightness science using LSST.

The successful candidate will work with both Prof Chris Collins at the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University and Dr Sugata Kaviraj within the Centre for Astrophysics Research at the University of Hertfordshire. The position is designed to enable the postdoc to spend time at both institutions (nominally the first year at LJMU and the subsequent time at Hertfordshire). Candidates should have or be expected to shortly obtain a PhD (or equivalent) in astrophysics or a closely related subject.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Sugata Kaviraj ( or Chris Collins (

Applicants should apply online at where a full job description can also be found. The application should include a CV, publication list, summary of previous research (not exceeding 2 pages) and contact details of three academic referees. Applicants who do not currently have the right to work in the UK will have to satisfy UKVI regulations before they can be appointed.

The deadline for Applications is August 31st 2019 and the post is avaialble as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics at Hertfordshire hold the Institute of Physics Juno Champion status and an Athena SWAN Silver award. The ARI also holds Juno Practitioner status and an Athena SWAN Bronze award. These demonstrate the commitment of both institutes to good practice towards advancing gender equality and creating better working environments for men and women. Both institutions are equal opportunities employers and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities irrespective of age, transgender status, disability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and Religion or belief.


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Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Chris Collins or Sugata Kaviraj
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