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Research Fellow in High-Energy Astrophysics (OPTICam)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£38,205 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £38,205 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/03/2025
Closing Date:  Tuesday 05 December 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2528923WF

The Astronomy Group of the University of Southampton's Department of Physics & Astronomy invites you to join our rapidly growing team and work with Dr Diego Altamirano to understand the physics of accretion onto compact objects. You will take the lead in our current efforts of addressing key questions in accretion physics by exploiting data from Southampton-led fast optical camera OPTICam. You will be involved in the supervision of projects lead by PhD students.

To be successful you will hold a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in  Astrophysics with detailed understanding and knowledge of  Optical data analysis. However, applications will be considered if your research is focused on any of the different flavours of accretion disc physics.

The position is available from 1st January 2024 on a full-time basis but flexible working will be considered, with start dates possible up to 1st March 2024. The post is available until March 2025

The Southampton Astro-group provides a stimulating and collegial environment with many opportunities to collaborate with other group members. Our main research themes are compact objects and time-domain astrophysics. We are strongly committed to diversity in the student and academic population, and you will be supported in developing your career while maintaining a good work-life balance through family-friendly policies. The position will provide you with time and resources to explore and develop independent research.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and 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

Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests (2 pages max). Please upload all documents as one pdf file. Moreover, two letters of reference are required with contact details to be provided on application (letter requests will be sent should your application be shortlisted).

Informal inquiries are particularly welcome. Please contact Prof. Diego Altamirano (

** subject to qualifying criteria

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