Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Gravitational Wave Astronomy)

School of Physics and Astronomy

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 18th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.
  • REF: 98371
  • Closes: 01st January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Main Duties

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification

  • The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in physics or a related subject and experience in gravitational-wave astronomy, astrophysics and statistical inference.
  • The ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • The fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • The ability to assess resource requirements and use resources affectively
  • The ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires to Patricia Schmidt, email: or Alberto Vecchhio, email:

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications from traditionally under-represented groups in physics and astronomy, such as women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, are particularly encouraged. The School of Physics and Astronomy is an Institute of Physics Juno Champion since 2014 and holder of the Athena SWAN Silver Award. Both initiatives recognise the School’s commitment to promote diversity and equality, and to encourage better practice for all members of the community, while also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential.

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