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Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-015990

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/01/2021

Salary: £32,816 - £40,322 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 24 months from commencement of the start date

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions to work on the properties and evolution of distant galaxies through cosmic time, with a focus on utilizing data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  The successful applicant will work with guaranteed time observations (GTO), early release science (ERS), and general observer time JWST data through imaging with NIRCam and spectroscopy through NIRISS and NIRSpec.  With its large aperture, red wavelengths and extreme depth capabilities, even compared with the Hubble Space Telescope,  postdocs hired in these positions will use JWST to answer the most fundamental questions concerning the process of the earliest galaxy formation and its relationship to reionization. ​​​​​​​

The successful candidate will work with Professor Christopher Conselice at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester as a member of several larger JWST GTO and ERS teams.  This project is funded under the Europen Union's European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, EPOCHS (PI Conselice).  EPOCHS is designed to study the first galaxies and their early evolution in the universe with some of the first data taken by JWST.

Candidates should hold, or expect to achieve shortly, a PhD degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy, or in a closely related subject. Experience working with data on galaxies, astronomical surveys, and/or cosmological simulations is essential.

These full-time posts are available from  Spring 2021 onward and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for two to three years, with possible extensions for future years depending on performance and funding.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered          

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: Prof. Christopher Conselice


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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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