Job offer in england Research Associate in Irradiated (Pulsar) Binary Observations at The University of Manchester

Closing Date: 14/05/2017.
Employment Type: Fixed Term.
Duration: 01/06/2017 to 31/05/2019.
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering.
School/Directorate: School of Physics & Astronomy.
Division: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.
Hours Per week: Full time.
Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum.
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester.
Job Reference: S&E-09950.

This is an opportunity for an expert in binary light curve modelling / large survey data analysis, to work with our team on a comprehensive study of pulsars in compact binary systems with low-mass companions.

You will mainly work with Dr Rene Breton as part of his ‘Spiders’ team, funded through an ERC Starter Grant, to use pulsar binaries as tools to investigate neutron star properties, binary evolution and irradiation in binary systems.

The appointment is available from June 2017 for an initial period of two years, plus a possible extension subject to probation.

You will join the Pulsar and Time Domain Astrophysics Group which is part of The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) at the University of Manchester. Our Group comprises over 25 members, including 8 active academic staff members, and is renowned for its world-leading research in the areas of pulsars, fast radio bursts, novae, exoplanets and radio instrumentation.

You must hold or be about to obtain a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field, with knowledge and experience in aspects related to binary systems, optical / radio data analysis, and/or pulsar astrophysics. A full job description is available on the ‘further particulars’ link below.

Application is via our online process below. Candidates should include as one uploaded document a CV, a list of publications and a research statement.

Please note there is a second, related vacancy on this project available here:

Candidates may be considered for both the Observational and Theoretical vacancies as appropriate to their research experience and abilities.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV’s or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Rene Breton, Lecturer & ERC Starting Grant Fellow


Date of external posting: Tuesday 11 April 2017

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website – click on the ‘Apply’ button below to find out more.


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