University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Research Fellow in Observational Astronomy

United Kingdom

Closing in 11 days

Research Fellow in Observational Astronomy Astronomy Group

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £34,980 to £40,521 Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years) Closing Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 2523523WF

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of researchers at the University of Southampton, working towards delivering new science with the state-of-the-art Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space Time (LSST) and the Euclid mission. These are flagship projects for the international astronomy community over the next decade, which together address the entire breadth of astronomy research. LSST will be the largest and most comprehensive ground-based optical survey ever undertaken, delivering a petabyte scale dataset of billions of astronomical objects. The recently launched Euclid space satellite is providing exquisite spatial resolution imaging in the optical and near infrared together with spectroscopy for a subset of sources over an unprecedented sky area. Together, these projects open up vast new discovery space.

You will work within large research teams led by Dr. Manda Banerji and Prof. Mark Sullivan but interact widely with the rest of the Astronomy Group and the LSST and Euclid international collaborations. You will be responsible for developing a new 'list-driven' photometry software pipeline that enables the production of a combined Rubin+Euclid dataset for scientific exploitation. There will be opportunities to explore the application of the image processing tools developed to areas outside astronomy e.g. in medical imaging and near Earth observations.

To be successful you will have a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics or a closely related field. Experience with software development for astronomy, high- performance computing and/or large astronomical surveys and databases will be considered an asset.

Applications 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 completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.'

In return we offer you a welcoming and inclusive research environment and encourage those from under-represented groups in Physics and Astronomy to apply. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we renewed our Athena SWAN Silver award in 2023 and were awareded the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit https: // www.

The post is initially available for 2 years due to funding restrictions but with good prospects for extension. The University offers an attractive benefits package.

Please supply a CV and details of two referees by the application deadline.

Informal enquiries about the position are very welcome and can be directed to Dr. Manda Banerji (E-mail: [email protected]).

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    Job details


    Research Fellow in Observational Astronomy


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    November 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 13, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
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