Two postdoc positions on the co-evolution of galaxies and their central black holes

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Edinburgh
Institute for Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

We seek applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh to carry out research into the co-evolution of galaxies and their central black holes.

The successful candidates will join a newly established research group, led by Dr James Aird, and funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. We foresee one position focused on new multiwavelength characterisations of AGN populations to establish the lifecycles of black holes on long timescales, and a second position focused on using large optical spectroscopic surveys to determine when AGN activity occurs within the lifecycles of galaxies. However, all candidates with interests in galaxy evolution or AGN are encouraged to apply, regardless of career path. There will be exciting opportunities to engage in the SDSS-V and WEAVE-LOFAR spectroscopic programmes. You will also be encouraged and supported to engage in the broader career development and training opportunities provided by the University of Edinburgh.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and we are looking to actively diversify our staff and eliminate discrimination. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working, as evidenced by our Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver awards. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of nationality (advice on visa options is available on our webpages), gender, age, (dis)ability, race, carer status, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

The posts are fixed term for 3 years, with an expected start date of 1st Oct 2021. Full time, part-time or job-share appointments will be considered.

Applications should be submitted online. Please include a summary of your recent research (max. two pages, PDF format) in your application along with your CV and cover letter.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr James Aird.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$44,000USD to $53,000USD
Included Benefits

You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Medical cover is provided by the National Health Service.

Compensation Notes

University of Edinburgh Grade UE07.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2020 Nov 27
Application Deadline
2021 Jan 08


James Aird