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Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Physics and Astronomy

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 18th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.
  • REF: 98606
  • Closes: 01st December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Main Duties

  • To coordinate and deliver software and science tools in line with a tight schedule.
  • To pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support,
  • including financial support
  • To plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • To project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • To present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • To develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being
  • pursued
  • To provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline
  • To develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement activities of manifest
  • benefit to the College and the University
  • To contribute to some administrative activities within the University, typically relating to
  • research
  • To apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding
  • To initiate and conduct original research which has measurable outcomes and is reflected in international reputation
  • To plan, design and coordinate research activities and programmes
  • To contribute to the development of research strategies
  • To publish results of own research
  • To contribute to the supervision of PhD students
  • To develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement activities, widening participation, schools outreach or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University

Person Specification

Skills and Experience

  • PhD in astronomy or physics or relevant disciplines
  • Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing international reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project
  • managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models,
  • techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in public engagement
  • Ability to mentor, assist and guide research directions of PhD and/or undergraduate students

Planning and Organising

  • To plan high quality research
  • To project manage research activities and/or supervising other research staff
  • To organise meetings/conferences/symposia

Decision Making

  • To develop research ideas
  • To decide how to develop and undertake the research
  • To decide where and when to present research findings and what publications and
  • conferences to target for this purpose

Internal/External Relationships

  • To develop links with external contacts (such as businesses, other educational bodies, public sector organisations, organisations with public engagement opportunities)
  • To provide expert advice internally and externally in specialist areas
  • To referee and peer review articles for peer-reviewed academic journals and grant applications for research councils and other major funding bodies

For further information and informal inquiries please contact Dr Christopher Moore (cmoore@star.sr.bham.ac.uk) and Prof. Alberto Vecchio (av@star.sr.bham.ac.uk).

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