Description :

The Astronomy Group of the University of Southampton's School of Physics & Astronomy invites you to join our team to manage operations of the VISTA Extragalactic Infrared Legacy Survey and exploit infrared time domain data in the near-IR. As part of this work, you will have the opportunity to collaborate in  exciting cutting edge science on industrial-scale AGN dust reverberation mapping, supernova cosmology with infrared light curves, and/or the detection and characterisation of infrared transients.

Applications are welcome from both junior and more senior researchers from a range of backgrounds consistent with the science goals of VEILS. Your involvement in the projects will be tailored to your experience.

The candidate will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or related discipline

The Southampton Astronomy Group provides a collegial environment with many opportunities to collaborate with other group members. Our main research themes are compact objects and time-domain astrophysics. 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 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

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

This position is full time from 1 September 2020 with an end date of 31/08/2021.

If you are interested, please apply via the university’s job portal.

Applications submitted by the closing date will receive full consideration, but the position remains open until filled.

Your application 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 automatically by the application system).

Informal inquiries are particularly welcome. Please contact Dr Sebastian Hoenig, (Twitter: @dustrophysix).

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456. Please quote vacancy reference number 1277820WF on all correspondence.

Closing Date: 14 Aug 2020
Post Type: Education, Research & Enterprise


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