Research Associate in Transient Astrophysics

Job Summary

Category
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution
University of Leicester
Department
School of Physics & Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
1
Work Arrangement
In-Person

Job Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position to study the nature of astrophysical transients as part of the Leverhulme Trust funded project “Magnetic fields in cosmic explosions”. The project explores the character of relativistic jets and the emission they give rise to in transients such as gamma-ray bursts, fast radio bursts and tidal disruption events, exploiting new parameter space opening both in the radio regime and at high energies.

We are currently seeking to recruit two Research Associates to join our project team:

Role A: The Research Associate will take a leading role in the radio astronomy aspects of the project. Duties may include, but are not limited to, analysis, modelling and interpretation of transient and related data, observation planning and multi-facility coordination. Of particular interest is the LOFAR rapid response mode for triggered imaging of fast transients, and the upcoming commissioning of LOFAR 2.0 providing unique opportunities for radio transient science. We expect this position to be fixed-term for 36 months.

Role B: The Research Associate will take a leading role in the broadband transient follow-up aspects of the project. Duties may include, but are not limited to, analysis, modelling and interpretation of transient and related data, observation planning and multi-facility coordination. Of particular interest is the combination of wide-field optical capability, ground-based deep imaging and spectroscopy and high energy missions targeting the transient Universe, to build a broadband picture of transients and their environments. We expect this position to be fixed-term for 30 months.

The Research Associate will be embedded in an international project team led by Associate Professor Rhaana Starling, and the position comes with funds for travel and resources. The position will be hosted within the Astrophysics group and the Institute for Space at the University of Leicester, whose research activities encompass observation, theory and instrumentation. Our group has long-standing leadership in the field of high energy astrophysical transients, exploiting a wide range of data from ground- and space-based facilities, including involvement in the Swift, SVOM and Einstein Probe satellite missions, and multiple transient follow-up campaigns upon which this project builds.

 

 

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 21
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 20
Reference Code
9580

Inquiries

Name
Dr Rhaana Starling