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Research Associates in Pulsar Timing (2 Posts)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-15232

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/03/2020

Salary: £32,816 - £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 April 2020 until 31 March 2023

We are seeking two Post-Doctoral Research Associates in Pulsar Timing to work within the Pulsar and Time Domain Astrophysics (PTDA) group at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA).

The University of Manchester and JBCA have a long history of pulsar astrophysics. We operate the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory, which has been involved in the observation of pulsars since their discovery and pulsar researchers at Manchester have been involved in the discovery of more than half of all known pulsars.

The PTDA research group at JBCA is one of the largest pulsar research groups in Europe and has an established track record of high-impact publications. The JBCA is actively involved in programs with MeerKAT, including MeerTime. MeerTime is an approved MeerKAT Large Survey Proposal on pulsar timing with science objectives which complements those pursued with the Lovell Telescope.

The University of Manchester is also a founding member of the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA) which co-ordinates 5 of the world’s largest radio telescopes across Europe to conduct high precision timing observations on an array of millisecond pulsars.

In this role, you will work within a world-class research programme using the 76-m Lovell Telescope operated by the University of Manchester, and within the MeerTime science programme on the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

You will work with Dr Michael Keith and Dr Patrick Weltevrede, who are members of the MeerTime executive committee and have years of experience with observational programs including those with the Lovell Telescope.

We are looking for two Research Associates with experience working with pulsar timing data to contribute to the pulsar research within JBCA and to the MeerTime science teams. You will have access to a vast archive of pulsar timing data from Jodrell Bank as well as new observations from MeerTime. You will be expected to work with observers and theoreticians to make the most of these data and to contribute to the future direction of observational projects.

The two PDRAs will lead research within one or more of the following themes:
•Gravitational wave detection with MeerTime and the EPTA within the International Pulsar Timing Array
•Understanding the long-term spin evolution of pulsars, including any radiative changes
•Study of timing noise in pulsars
•Understanding glitching behaviour in pulsars

You will hold, or be about to obtain, a PhD in pulsar astronomy or related field, and will have some experience with pulsar timing. Your application should indicate how you meet the full list of selection criteria included in the job description.

The department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The department 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:

Happy 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: Dr. Michael Keith or Dr. Patrick Weltevrede

Email: or

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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