Astronomical Instrument Developer

Liverpool, Merseyside (GB)
£32,548 - £38,833 per annum
09 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Astronomical Instrument Developer - 12 months fixed term
Contract Type   Fixed Term
Hours   Full Time
Job Type   Academic
Salary    £32,548 - £38,833 per annum
Vacancy Type    Academic / Research Vacancies
Closing Date    24/04/2018 
Ref No    2247 

The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) of Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.  Working with international partners we also intend to build a 4.0m class robotic telescope on the same site.

We seek an astronomical instrument developer to lead development of a new STFC funded polarimeter (MOPTOP) for LT and contribute to other LT and LT2 instrumentation projects within the ARI technology group.    You will work with science and engineering staff to develop new ideas, prototype and test systems and lead instrument commissioning.  Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in astronomy / astrophysics / physics / engineering or a related field and experience of instrument or technology development, design and/or commissioning in a scientific field.

More details about the Liverpool Telescope are available at

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Liverpool Telescope Director) email: or Dr Helen Jermak (New Robotic Telescope Project Scientist) email:
LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented within ARI. 

Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.