DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£33,797 per annum
Posted
15 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2021
Ref
21000518
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation and the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy 

Department of Physics

Grade 7: - £33,797 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 5 month
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 21-Jun-2021, 6:59:00 AM 

The Department of Physics has an opportunity for an early-career researcher to work on the forthcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and related science. This opportunity is in the area of experimental work on the simulations for and testing of the calibration system of the cameras for the small-sized telescopes (SSTs) of the array plus scientific projects using gamma-ray data, preferably in the areas of fundamental physics and/or dark matter research.

The Department of Physics is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. It is pledged to the Athena SWAN charter, where we hold a silver award, and has the status of IoP Juno Champion. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, and members of other groups that are under-represented in physics. Durham University provides a range of benefits including pension, flexible and/or part time working hours, shared parental leave policy and childcare provision.

Responsibilities:

This post is fixed term for 5 months from the start date.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.         
  • To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holde To work with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.
  • To engage in citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.   
  • In addition you will carry out one or more of the following:
    • Simulations of the SST camera calibration system
    • Laboratory tests of the SST camera calibration system
    • The development and/or analysis of computer simulations for the SST
    • The analysis and/or interpretation of data from space-based gamma-ray observatories

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by June 15th 2021. 

Essential:

  1. Qualifications
    • A good first degree in astrophysics, cosmology, or a related subject.
    • A PhD (or be close to submission) in astrophysics, cosmology, or a related subject.
  2. Experience
    • Experience in conducting high quality academic research in the area of gamma-ray astronomy using observational and/or theoretical/computational techniques
    • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.
    • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.
    • In addition candidates will have expertise in one of the following:
    • The reduction and/or analysis of Fermi-LAT data The development and/or analysis of computer simulations for CTA Fundamental physics and/or dark matter studies using gamma-ray data
    • A good strategic fit with existing research expertise in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation or the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy
  3. Skills
    • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
    • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • To contribute to fostering a collegial working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
    • To engage in citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
    • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses. Desirable:
  4. Experience
    • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.
    • Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.
  5. Skills
    • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact the astronomy secretaries at astro.secretary@durham.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

Candidates should state in their application which areas they wish to be considered for.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.