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Lecturer in Radio Astronomy
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-15115

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/02/2020

Salary: £41,526 to £51,034 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Not specified

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Radio Astronomy for appointment in 2020.

We are seeking to appoint an astrophysicist with an outstanding record of research in the field of radio astronomy. In particular, we seek candidates with an outstanding record of exploiting radio interferometers, including long baseline arrays.

At Manchester, you will join the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). JBCA is one of the largest academic astronomy groups in Europe, studying a very broad range of astrophysical research, from Cosmology to Solar Physics. JBCA also operates both the 76-metre Lovell Telescope, and the UK national radio astronomy facility, e-MERLIN. Both of these facilities are located at Jodrell Bank Observatory, which hosts the Headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). JBCA plays a major role in supporting the activities of the European VLBI Network (EVN), and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).

The successful candidate is expected to be a radio astronomer of international standing, with an excellent track record in exploiting SKA pathfinder telescopes such as MeerKAT, JVLA, and, in particular, long-baseline facilities such as e-MERLIN, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), the EVN, and Global VLBI. Expertise in more than one of these areas, proven by high quality publications, will be of a particular interest.

It is expected that the appointee will spend a significant fraction of their time exploiting local telescope facilities, more specifically e-MERLIN and the EVN. The appointee will also be encouraged to forge links with the wider international community, including the nearby SKA Observatory. The appointee is expected to be active in the SKA Science Working Groups, and in the longer term, early commissioning of the SKA1-mid telescope. The appointee will have academic teaching duties within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is expected to attract additional funding by securing competitive personal awards (e.g. ERCs, Consolidated Grant projects etc). There will be opportunities to supervise Masters and PhD students.  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Silver Athena SWAN Award in 2016 for its commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit to talk flexible working.

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Michael Garrett


Tel: 0161 275 4514

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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