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Research Fellow (106186-1022)

Fixed-term contract for 24 months, with the possibility for extension, 1.0 FTE.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group in the field of astrophysical transients. The initial appointment will run until Sept 2024, with possibility for extension. The post is available full-time, although part-time applications will be considered.

You will work with Dr Joe Lyman as part of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship “New frontiers in transient astrophysics: gravitational-wave multi-messenger events and exotic stellar explosions”. You will work on the study of extra-galactic transients, including rapid follow-up and characterisation of discoveries by the Gravitational wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO; goto-observatory.org) project on the island of La Palma. You will help create a network of automated GOTO follow-up with facilities on La Palma – including membership of the NOT Transient Explorer collaboration - and world-wide.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics group is one of the UK’s leading astrophysical transient research groups with interests in supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational-wave sources, and the study of their host galaxies. As well as leading the GOTO project, the team are involved in large international consortia such as LSST:UK, ENGRAVE, and ePESSTO+, and regularly hold observing programmes at variety of facilities.

Applicants must hold or be about to attain a PhD in astrophysics and have a proven/developing research track record, ideally in the field of time-domain or transient astrophysics. You will hold strong software development skills, and be capable of working effectively independently and as part of a team. Experience in observational astronomy or automated data analysis is desired. Time will be available for independent research.

The post is available immediately, with the start date being flexible to accommodate external circumstances. An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this post . Applicants should also submit a signed covering letter, a statement of their research accomplishments & interests (up to 2 pages), as well as a CV including a publication list. Two academic references are to be submitted before the closing date to physicshr@warwick.ac.uk .

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, especially those from underrepresented groups. The University of Warwick is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. The Physics Department holds Juno Champion status and an Athena Swan Silver Award. The Physics Department at Warwick provides a healthy working environment, committed to outstanding scientific guidance, mentorship and personal development. We can offer flexible working hours for those that require it.

To find out more or arrange an information conversation about the role, please contact: Dr Joe Lyman (J.D.Lyman@warwick.ac.uk).

Interview Date: TBC.

Wed 05 Oct 2022, 10:33 | Tags: Research

Research Fellow (104870-0922)

Fixed-term contract for 3 years, 1.0 FTE. To start as soon as possible.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work as part of a research team that is developing new instrumentation and techniques, mainly in ultrasonics but also in electromagnetic measurements and inspection. The work will involve undertaking fundamental and applied research, usually in close collaboration with industrial partners, and will therefore require good communication and team working skills.

This is an exciting opportunity and a chance to work on a range of research projects in the fields of ultrasonics and non-destructive testing and to build a career straddling academia and industry. The post is designed for a postdoctoral researcher who already has some skills in sensor design and construction, preferably for ultrasonic measurements. You will be based in Warwick’s Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics, and the projects will try to solve real world problems whilst also undertaking world leading research. You will also receive training to widen your skill set, working on a range of different applications and sensor technologies You will work with industry, but will still have the opportunity to publish research papers and present at conferences.

You should ideally have experience in electronic circuit use and testing, while CAD and 3D printing skills would also be beneficial. You will have experience in applying those skills to designing and constructing ultrasonic transducers or related sensors. Experience in finite element modelling will be an advantage, and managing a small suite of modelling computers will be part of the duties of the successful candidate.

The work involves direct liaison with academic and industrial partners and the candidate should have some experience of managing a project and reporting to collaborators through both verbal and written means. The post also requires the candidate to perform fundamental research and have a track record of leading the writing of research papers and presentations.

You will work on different projects which can typically last between 1 – 12 months, and so you will need good organizational skills and experience of managing your time when working on more than one project simultaneously. This is an important role within a research group, aimed at generating real world impact from the group’s research activities and project portfolio. You will develop many new skills, working with researchers from a range of application fields. There will be the opportunity to publish research papers, attend research conferences and supervise research students.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Please direct all informal inquiries to Professor Steve Dixon Email: S.M.Dixon@warwick.ac.uk /. Tel: + 44 (0) 7920 531275

Interview Date: TBC.

Mon 03 Oct 2022, 16:07 | Tags: Research

Research Fellow (106483-1022)

Fixed term contract for three years with a start date of January 2023, 1.0 FTE.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint an ambitious Research Fellow to work within the project “Cosmochronology within the stellar neighbourhood: Leaving no star and planet behind”. The position is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant held by Professor Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay, and the candidate will join an existing team of PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.

The proposed project will be focused on the local volume sample within 100 pc of the Sun and will exploit Gaia Data Release 3, 4MOST and WEAVE multi-object spectroscopic follow-ups and state-of-the-art models to understand the ages and evolution history of both low-mass stars, white dwarfs and their planetary systems.

Depending on the expertise of the candidate, the project could be focused on: 1) the theoretical development of improved low-mass star and white dwarf models, including the use of 3D model atmospheres and stellar evolution codes, 2) the observational follow-up and characterisation of Gaia DR3 white dwarf candidates including metal polluted systems and binaries or 3) the derivation of the initial-to-final-mass relation using population synthesis models and data mining methods.

An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this post. Applicants should also submit a cover letter with a concise description of their research accomplishments and relevant technical experience, as well as a CV including a full publication list. You will be asked to give references, but reference letters are not needed before the closing date.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

Please direct all informal inquiries to Prof Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay (P-E.Tremblay@warwick.ac.uk)

Interview Date: TBC.

Mon 03 Oct 2022, 16:05 | Tags: Research