Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Armagh Observatory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate to work in the areas of advanced data visualisation, statistical analysis and machine learning within the project "Decoding the asteroid belt, Rosetta stone of our solar system" led by Dr Apostolos Christou and funded by the Leverhulme Trust (Grant RPG-2023-266).

The post-holder is expected to lead the development and validation of advanced Artificial Intelligence models and Data Visualisation protocols aimed to identify groups (“families”) of asteroids created by collisions during the ~4.6 billion-yr history of the solar system. Use of these algorithms and techniques is foreseen on future observational survey products, including the decadal Legacy Survey in Space and Time (LSST) scheduled to commence in 2025. In carrying out the research programme, the post-holder will avail of AOP in-house IT resources, including a state-of-the-art Data Visualisation Laboratory facility, recently acquired as part of AOP’s strategic investment in the use of immersive data visualisation as a research tool.

The role-holder will contribute to research excellence as a member of the faculty at  AOP, with the role providing substantial scope for exercising academic judgement, originality, interpretation and presentation of results. The role-holder will further disseminate their research findings via publications or other appropriate media, such as international workshops and conferences, and will be encouraged to participate in outreach activities.

Applicants must have a PhD in Data Science or a related field, or have satisfied the requirements for PhD, by the time of appointment. Successful candidates must have excellent communication and computing skills and are expected to produce scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in the analysis of astronomical data may be seen as an advantage.

Armagh Observatory, located in the historical City of Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, is an astrophysical research institute founded in 1789. It comprises 7 staff astronomers, 3 post-doctoral fellows, 10 PhD students and several visiting and emeritus astronomers. Research interests include Solar Physics, Solar-System Science, Stellar, Galactic and Extra-galactic Astrophysics. Facilities at Armagh include a high-performance computer centre (for theoretical modelling and high-volume data analysis), and a new data visualisation center. AOP is a full partner in international projects such DKIST, I-Lofar, GOTO, CTA and SALT. Further details about AOP and possible research topics can be obtained from .

AOP has Project Juno Practitioner status and supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. AOP has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$41,757USD to $43,194USD

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Jan 31
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 01
Reference Code
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium


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