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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows ITN

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £36,393 to £41,193 per annum, subject to bi-annual review due to exchange rates
Full Time Fixed Term for 36 months
Closing Date:  Saturday 14 March 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1233020WF

The role

The Astronomy Group has three Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN roles available to develop cosmological models of galaxy and supermassive black hole evolution. You will work under the supervision of Dr Francesco Shankar to unveil the origin of the morphological diversity of galaxies, their evolutionary patterns, and their still mysterious connection to their central supermassive black holes.

The successful applicant must have a BSc, MSc or equivalent professional qualifications.

The fellows will contribute to the next-generation European space galaxy missions Euclid, LSST, SKA and Athena.

The positions are funded by the H2020 ITN-ETN project “Big Data Applications for Black Hole Evolution Studies” (BiD4BEST). These fixed-term positions are available for up to 36 months from 1st October 2020.

Eligibility criteria and application

As a primary objective of the EID program is international mobility, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is a requirement for the researcher when taking up the appointment.

  • At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment), you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to recruitment under this project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

  • At the time of recruitment, you must not yet have been awarded your doctorate and must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research career.

In order to be considered for this post you must submit an online application via this portal by midnight on the closing date above. In addition, you must also complete the postgraduate application process via

For informal enquires please contact Dr Francesco Shankar (

Selection and interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to online interviews with a panel including BiD4BEST members. For more information about Southampton’s selection procedures, please see:

About BiD4BEST

The network has a total of 13 positions available and we encourage eligible candidates to consider applying to any of our openings. BiD4BEST will launch in March 2020 and represents a coordinated research training effort to mobilise the community in Europe and prepare a core group of young scientists in anticipation of new observational data in the early/mid 2020s, from future space missions with strong European involvement

BiD4BEST will incorporate 20 international project partners across four years of research, bring together leading scientists in observational and theoretical studies of black holes and galaxies, industrial experts in cutting-edge big-data technologies, and professionals in science dissemination. Academic partners in the research network include some of Europe’s most prestigious universities, with EU contributions benefiting 10 institutions across the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands. Industrial partners range from the start-ups, to medium and large companies such as chemicals giant BASF.

More information can be found here: 

Candidates should read and understand the detailed information regarding the rights and responsibilities of researchers engaged in a Marie Sklodwska-Curie Innovative Training Network. The European Charter for researchers can be found at:

The University of Southampton

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality.  The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance.Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.  Both the University of Southampton and the School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Application Procedure
 You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1233020WF on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Silver Award holder: Physics and Astronomy

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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