Centre for Astrophysics Research Fellowships

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Hertfordshire
Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

We are seeking to appoint two promising early-career researchers to lead original investigations in any area of theoretical or observational astrophysics that will complement active areas of research in the Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) at the University of Hertfordshire (UH).  Details of CAR staff research interests/activities and facilities may be found on our website (see link provided). CAR also has strong links and overlapping interests with the Centre of Data Innovation Research (CoDIR; see link provided), a relatively new research centre that combines data science and machine learning expertise from astrophysics and computer science and addresses cross-disciplinary research questions.

The postholder will have a good track record of scientific research in their area of expertise, including leading projects and submitting/publishing their work in refereed astronomical journals.  Whilst this is an independent fellowship, there is an expectation that the successful candidate(s) will start new or strengthen existing collaborations with members of CAR, including leading/collaborating on external grant bids, helping out with some light departmental teaching, and should be prepared to contribute more generally to the general research environment. 

Both fellowship posts are available from August 1, 2022 and should be taken up (ideally) no later than October 1, 2022. Candidates should have (or submitted for) a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics before taking up the post. The starting salary is expected to be £34,304 per annum, incrementing annually, with a higher salary possible based on previous postdoctoral experience. The fellowship duration is for 3 years on a full-time basis (1 FTE), but the possibility of fractional / part-time working will also be considered.

Applications should be submitted online via the UH recruitment website by the closing date of *February 20, 2022* and should be accompanied by PDF versions of a CV, a list of publications, and a research proposal for the duration of the fellowship (making sure to indicate how your proposed research is complementary to CAR, and not exceeding two sides of A4 paper), and the contact details of two referees willing to write on your behalf.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$45,317USD to $54,066USD
Included Benefits

The Centre for Astrophysics Research group is is a thriving research group of ~60 academic staff, research fellows and postgraduate students and is part of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics.  The department takes pride in the diversity of its staff, and holds both an IoP Juno Champion and an Athena-Swan Silver award. We encourage applications from all individuals meeting our essential criteria, irrespective of gender or membership of underrepresented groups.

The UH vision is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. UH offers a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave and discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

A standard package of benefits will be provided for successful candidates, including funding for travel and equipment expenses.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Jan 19
Application Deadline
2022 Feb 20
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Professor Kristen Coppin