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Research Fellow

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £27,578 to £33,884
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 May 2012
Reference:  108412WF

A postdoctoral fellowship is available to work in the area of accreting black holes and the coupling between accretion and relativistic jet formation, in the Astronomy group at the University of Southampton. The fellow will work with Professor Rob Fender using observational data from a wide range of X-ray, optical/infrared and radio facilities. The project will focus on establishing more precise empirical links between accretion and ejection in X-ray binary systems, the astrophysical interpretation of these links, and their scaling to supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei.

Professor Fender heads a world-leading group focussing in the areas of observational black hole astrophysics and the new field of radio transients. He is a principal investigator of the Transients Key Science Project for LOFAR, and of the ThunderKAT transients Key Science Project for MeerKAT, the South African SKA pathfinder, as well as being a co-investigator in the transients projects on the Australian SKA pathfinder, ASKAP. 

The Astronomy group at Southampton are world renowned in the area of galactic and extragalactic high-energy astrophysics, and are part of Southampton Physics & Astronomy, one of the UK's top scientific departments. The group furthermore work closely with the general relativity group in Mathematics, and with Southampton's world-leading computer scientists.

The position is available for an initial period of two years. The starting salary range is £27,578 - £33,884, with funding for travel and computing hardware.  The preferred start date for the position would be between October 2012 and March 2013. The fellowship is jointly funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and Professor Fender's ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in radio and/or X-ray astronomy, and astrophysics of black holes and transients. Professor Fender may be contacted for informal discussions at

Astronomy at Southampton

The closing date for this post is 31st May 2012. Please apply online through or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 108412WF on all correspondence. 


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