Research Associate in Extragalactic Astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Newcastle University
School of Maths, Statistics & Physics
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Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join Newcastle University as a Research Associate in extragalactic astrophysics to complement the STFC-funded research program managed by Dr. David Rosario. 

The project involves detailed JWST studies of local Seyfert galaxies based on Cycle 1 programmes led by Dr. Rosario and other members of the Galaxy Activity, Torus and Outflow Survey (GATOS). The primary research explores the structure, origin, and impact of dusty outflows in local luminous active galactic nuclei (AGN). A secondary developmental goal is to extend a Bayesian spectral modelling package to handle JWST and other ancillary datasets using modern machine learning techniques.

The Research Associate will work closely with the GATOS collaboration, an international team of observers, modellers and instrument specialists with a focus on high-resolution multi-wavelength studies of the inner parsecs of AGN.

The post holder will become a member of a new, dedicated research group at Newcastle studying the astrophysics of AGN feedback using cutting-edge observations and simulations (including David Rosario, Chris Harrison, Tiago Costa, research associates and postgraduate students).

In addition to project-specific activities, the Research Associate will be encouraged to pursue their own independent research and training. They are also encouraged to undertake outreach/engagement activities, particularly those designed to increase accessibility and inclusion to science. 

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

The position is offered on a full-time fixed term basis for two years with an extension of a year subject to performance and funding. Starting dates, flexible and/or blended working can be negotiated. 

Starting Salary £34,308 per annum.

To apply, please complete the online application and attach a: (1) CV (no page limit), and (2) a covering letter combined with a research statement (max 3 pages). In your covering letter, please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below. The research statement should explain how your research experience is suitable for the post and how your research interests will align with those performed in the group.

Key Accountabilities

The main duties and responsibilities are as follows:

•    Conduct the data analysis and research along the lines of the programme of the funded project.
•    Work successfully in an interdisciplinary research team and wider collaborators to publish world-leading research.
•    Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form. 
•    Contribute to the positive culture and general strengths of the research group and the School; for example, through supervision of project students, participation in outreach, leading initiatives to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and organising/ participating in research events.
•    Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Excellent technical skills in performing, analysing and interpreting multi-wavelength observations targeted towards galaxy physics, and that can be applied to the aims of the project and the specific aspects of the positions listed under ‘The role’. 
•    A track record of high quality research outputs related to the goals of the project (e.g., publications, software, research tools etc.).
•    Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write creatively for publications, and concisely for communications.
A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career. 

Attributes and Behaviour

•    High level analytical and problem-solving capability.
•    Ability to work independently using own initiative, be self-motivated and proactive and to meet strict deadlines. 
•    Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects.
•    A commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion
•    Demonstrable evidence of promoting a positive and healthy research culture (e.g., by actively supporting/mentoring students, supporting initiatives to improve the work environment etc)

•    PhD awarded in a relevant discipline (or exceptionally equivalent professional experience)
•    Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

For all information enquiries, please contact Dr. David Rosario via email [email protected]

For more information about the wider astronomy and astrophysics research group at Newcastle, please click here.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Feb 17
Application Deadline
2023 May 15
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David Rosario