Senior Research Associate in Transient Astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Lancaster University
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Lancaster University Physics seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on research related to data challenges in transient and time-sensitive astrophysics. The position is funded initially for 1 year, with further extensions (of up to 3 years) possible, and comes with funding for travel, computing, and professional development.

You will join a group working across multiple disciplines to solve major data analysis problems and advance time-sensitive scientific research. The group works in both astrophysics and humanitarian earth observation, incorporating data science, machine learning and citizen science practices. You will be expected to contribute expertise in transient astrophysics, specifically in areas related to characterising and following up interesting transient phenomena (including but not limited to supernovae) identified via e.g. LSST brokers. There will also be opportunities for you to become involved in existing Zooniverse citizen science projects, and/or to create new projects to label data and collaborate with citizen scientists on that platform. You will also be encouraged to pursue independent research in areas relevant to the group.

People with skills including working with large astronomical surveys and/or catalogues, statistical techniques, source classification and/or clustering techniques are all encouraged to apply.

For additional information including detailed evaluation criteria, please see the job listing on the Lancaster Jobs portal. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Brooke Simmons ([email protected]) for further information on the position and the group's scientific interests before submitting their application.

Lancaster University Physics is strongly committed to an inclusive work environment, which includes fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$48,500USD to $56,000USD
Included Benefits

The position comes with a comprehensive set of benefits. More information is available at the Lancaster Jobs website.

Compensation Notes

Actual salary is in GBP and is at standardised rates based on experience.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Aug 25
Application Deadline
2023 Sep 22
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Brooke Simmons