Research Associate in probing star-formation and accretion through cosmic time

Closing Date : 01/03/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2020
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-09473

This is an opportunity for a Research Associate to join the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) group and is funded as part of the STFC Programme. This post is available immediately up until an end date of 31st March 2020.

The JBCA is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester and one of the largest astronomy and astrophysics groups in the UK.  The group is world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development but also carries out research across the electromagnetic spectrum and in theoretical topics. The group has with strong involvement in existing and next-generation telescopes including the SKA, DES, LSST, ALMA, VLBI and e-MERLIN. It operates e-MERLIN/VLBI, the UK's National Radio Astronomy Facility from the Jodrell Bank Observatory. JBCA also hosts the UK’s ALMA regional centre and the International SKA Project Office, which alongside JBCA’s e-MERLIN and VLBI activities make it the UK’s prime centre for mm- and cm- interferometry.

In this role you will work with the JBCA group and their collaborators who study the properties of faint radio sources, both in the nearby Universe and at high redshift. Much of the research will be carried out at radio wavelengths and will focus on science delivery of the on-going e-MERLIN legacy programmes, e-MERGE, LeMMINGs and LIRGI.  These programmes each enable high resolution and high sensitivity studies of both star-formation and accretion in galaxies and cover a wide range of redshift and environments and are providing a unique insight into microJansky radio sky which will be targeted by future SKA key-science-programmes (KSPs). The research associate will be expected to play a leading role in the science delivery from these high profile e-MERLIN programmes and the use of these results to guide the development of SKA KSPs.

For more information on the JBCA please see here:

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Rob Beswick


Name: Dr Tom Muxlow


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.