Research Associate in ALMA Studies of Supernovae 1987A

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Cardiff University
Department Name: 
Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The research group of Dr. Mikako Matsuura at Cardiff University is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. 

The research associate will study Supernova 1987A, specifically, chemistry of molecule and dust formation in supernovae, the dynamical motion of gas triggered by supernova explosion, dust destruction by supernova shocks, and potentially a neutron star left behind the supernova explosion. The appointed individual will join the international teams, investigating Supernova 1987A, using interferometric data from the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA), the Very Large Telescope and potentially the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

We are seeking a researcher with an excellent track record in one or more of the aforementioned fields.

The research associate will become a part of the active and diverse Cardiff Hub for Astrophysics Research and Technology (CHART) at Cardiff University (  Other members of the astronomy and instrumentation groups play leading roles in modelling and detecting gravitational waves, galaxy evolution, transient phenomena, the cosmic microwave background, exoplanets, star formation, and building the next generation ground and space based telescopes. 

This position has an initial duration of three years. The funding is available from 1st April 2022, but the starting date is negotiable.

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed term for 3 years.

Job Reference: 13323BR

Salary  £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6). 

For informal enquiries about the post please contact:

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Dr. Mikako Matsuura ([email protected]). or Phil Treadgold ([email protected]

For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy please contact 
Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to [email protected].

Date advert posted: Friday, 7 January 2022

Closing date:  Friday, 4 February 2022

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time. 

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$46539.72 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$55525.05 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
£34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6)
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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