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Research Fellow in Observational Astrophysics

The Astrogroup of the University of Southampton's Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for one or more postdoctoral research fellow positions in infrared/sub-mm studies of active galactic nuclei (AGN). You will be joining an ambitious team and work with Dr Sebastian Hoenig to understand the feeding and feedback processes in the circumnuclear environment of AGN and use their emission as cosmological probes. The team has access to new ALMA and VLT Interferometer data of nearby AGN and leads part of the new ESO public survey VEILS, which will facilitate dust reverberation mapping out to redshift 1. You will be contributing to the scientific exploitation of any of these data and take up leading roles, according to your interests.

Applications are welcome from both junior and more senior researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, including infrared/sub-mm observations, interferometry, reverberation mapping, or advanced image processing. Your involvement in the projects will be tailored to your experience.

The Southampton Astrogroup 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.

The post is initially for two years and can be extended depending on performance and funding. The appointment will be full time on University of Southampton Level 4 (£28,982 - £35,609 commensurate to experience). In addition, the University offers an attractive benefits package and relocation assistance. The starting date is flexible in 2017 and can be as early as January.

If you are interested, please apply via the university’s job portal (job reference 779416WF): https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=779416WF. Applications submitted by 15 November 2016 will receive full consideration, but the position remains open until filled.

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, three 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, s.hoenig@soton.ac.uk (Twitter: @dustrophysix)

PhD studentships

The Extragalactic Dusty Astrophysics group offer opportunities to get involved into our research in the course of a PhD project. Projects may focus on observational and/or theoretical aspects of active galactic nuclei or cosmology. Please check out the Astrogroup's Postgraduate opportunities website. This will include the group's projects as well as other projects by staff members of the astrogroup.

We also support PhD projects in collaboration with ESO, Europe's flagship optical observatory. These studentship will allow spending time in both Southampton and one of ESO's locations in either Germany or Chile. Application deadlines via the ESO recruitment portal are on 15 May and 15 November of each year. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr Sebastian Hoenig via email at least one month ahead of the respective deadline. Note that you will have to apply to both the University of Southampton and ESO in this case, and support from the university will be a prerequisite for a succesful application to ESO.