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Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre


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Reference: LG07335

Postdoctoral positions in multiple areas, including Exoplanet research, at the Institute of Astronomy

Salary: £24,775 to £28,695 or £28,695 to £37,394

Tenure: Up to 3 years .

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The programmes are broadly defined and incorporate research undertaken by IoA faculty members. The research includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems; Gaia satellite temporal science; near-field cosmology; star formation in external galaxies; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; cosmic microwave background, large scale structure and the early universe.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The primary criteria for selection will be based on research excellence in observational and/or theoretical astronomy as detailed above. The current salary scale is £28,695 to £37,394 p.a. (Research Associate) or £24,775 to £28,695 p.a. (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits.

Application Information: To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above to take you to the Job advertisement (LG07335). This will  route you the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter, and the contact details of three referees. The names and contact details of the referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of Wednesday, 6th January 2016 (Midday) GMT.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at) or Professor Andrew Fabian - Acting Head of Department (acf(at) Enquiries may be sent to Ms Joy McSharry at: jpm(at)  Please quote the job reference number in any correspondence.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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Application Deadline Date: Monday 21st December 2015 (Midday) GMT

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