Lecturer in Radio Astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Manchester
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

£41,526 - £51,034 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Ref: S&E-15115


We are seeking to appoint an astrophysicist with an outstanding record of research in the field of radio astronomy. In particular, we seek candidates with an outstanding record of exploiting radio interferometers, including long baseline arrays.


At Manchester, you will join the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). JBCA is one of the largest academic astronomy groups in Europe, studying a very broad range of astrophysical research, from Cosmology to Solar Physics. JBCA also operates both the 76-metre Lovell Telescope, and the UK national radio astronomy facility, e-MERLIN. Both of these facilities are located at Jodrell Bank Observatory, which hosts the Headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). JBCA plays a major role in supporting the activities of the European VLBI Network (EVN), and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).


You are expected to be a radio astronomer of international standing, with an excellent track record in exploiting SKA pathfinder telescopes such as MeerKAT, JVLA, and, in particular, long-baseline facilities such as e-MERLIN, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), the EVN, and Global VLBI. Expertise in more than one of these areas, proven by high quality publications, will be of a particular interest.


It is expected that the appointee will spend a significant fraction of their time exploiting local telescope facilities, more specifically e-MERLIN and the EVN. You will also be encouraged to forge links with the wider international community, including the nearby SKA Observatory. You are expected to be active in the SKA Science Working Groups, and in the longer term, early commissioning of the SKA1-mid telescope. You will have academic teaching duties within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is expected to attract additional funding by securing competitive personal awards (e.g. ERCs, Consolidated Grant projects etc). There will be opportunities to supervise Masters and PhD students.


Enquiries about the vacancy:

· Vacancy, shortlisting and interviews: Professor Michael Garrett at [email protected] or 0161 275 4514.

· General enquiries: [email protected] or 0161 275 4499.

· Technical support: [email protected] or 0161 850 2004.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.


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Closing date: 21 February 2020.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Silver Athena SWAN Award in 2016 for its commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/equality-and-diversity/.

Happy to talk flexible working.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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