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Research Fellow

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £36,001 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term up to 30.06.2019
Closing Date:   Wednesday 15 March 2017
Reference:  836917WF

Supernova Astronomy

A Researcher position funded by the UK Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) is available in the Astronomy group at the University of Southampton.  You will work with Dr Michael Childress and the supernova research group using observational data from the OzDES multi-object spectroscopy programme and the Dark Energy Survey (DES) imaging campaign on the topic of host galaxies of cosmological (Type Ia) supernovae.   

The appointment will be for a fixed duration of 2 years (though we note an application for an additional two years of funding has just been submitted) commencing as soon as possible or by 1 July 2017.  A relocation and benefits package, plus research budget for travel, computing, and other expenses, will be provided.

The Astronomy group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton, which is currently ranked as a top-5 UK Physics department by the Guardian University Guide and provides a stimulating and collegial environment for research collaborations. We are part of the larger Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, which brings together fundamental research with one of the UK's strongest computer science departments, with particularly strong links in data science. We are also part of the STAG (Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravity) research institute, which combines researchers across Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, and SEPNET, a consortium of universities in the South East region of England for advancing and protecting Physics. The Astronomy group has a strong record of research grant funding and has fifteen permanent academic staff, twelve research staff and approximately twenty five PhD students.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Astronomy/Astrophysics or closely related field and experience of presenting research results at group meetings and conferences. Previous experience in supernovae and/or galaxies (or related fields) would be advantageous.

We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population and you will be supported in developing your career while maintaining a good work-life balance through our clear family-friendly policies.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries are particularly welcome - please contact Dr Michael Childress via email

Apply online including a CV, publication list, and statement of research interests.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above.

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 836917WF  on all correspondence.  

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

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