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Research Associate in Pulsars and Fast Transients for the MeerTRAP project
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-14127

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/07/2019

Salary: £32,236 -£39,609 per annum (according to experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 August 2019 to 31 September 2021

School / Directorate: School of Physics & Astronomy

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the MeerTRAP project, funded by the European Research Council. MeerTRAP will undertake fully commensal searches for pulsars and fast radio transients with the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa.

Based in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester, the MeerTRAP project team is embedded in the Pulsar and Time Domain Astronomy group. The group’s scientific interests include high precision pulsar timing for gravitational wave and gravity research, fast radio burst discovery and follow up, novae and exoplanets. This group is at the forefront of development and exploitation of the next generation of radio telescopes and co-leads the international team developing the pulsar and fast transient search capabilities of the SKA.

The post holder will work on developing and scientifically exploiting a commensal fast transient and pulsar search capability on MeerKAT. Applicants should have a PhD in Astronomy, have a good knowledge of radio astronomy and experience with development and use of fast transient and pulsar hardware and software. A strong record of publication in this field is essential.

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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Manager: Ben Stappers


General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

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

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