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Two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Open for applications - deadline Aug 31st 2020

The Warwick Astronomy and Astrophysics group seeks to appoint two Research Fellows to work within the Gravitational wave Optical Transient Observer project under supervision of Prof Danny Steeghs. The fellows will contribute to the development, operations and science exploitation of the GOTO facility. GOTO is an autonomous robotic array of optical telescopes with a very wide field of view, permitting high cadence sky surveys and rapid response searches across substantial sky areas in response to gravitational wave detections and other exotic transients. It will be scaled from prototype stage to full deployment across two observing sites (La Palma & Australia).

The ideal candidate will be capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team. The candidate must hold, or be about to obtain, a doctoral degree in astrophysics or a related field. Experience in observational astronomy, automated data analysis, and familiarity with time-domain and multi-messenger astrophysics is strongly preferred, whilst expertise in instrumentation and control systems would be welcome.

The positions are supported via STFC project and consolidated grant funding. One post is currently funded till Dec 31st 2023 via an STFC PPRP award, and is more focused on development support for the project, whereas the 2nd post is science exploitation driven and linked to the STFC consolidated grant ending April 2023. An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for these posts, with a deadline of August 31 2020. Applicants should also submit a signed covering letter with a concise description of their research or technical accomplishments & interests, as well as a CV including a full publication list. They should provide the names of at least two academic referees. Please indicate if you have a particular preference for one of these posts, a single application is sufficient to be considered for either.

A full description including criteria and the link to the application portal is here.

AAS Job Register entry

Aug. 31, 2020
Contact person(s)
Prof Danny Steeghs (