Research Fellow in Astrophysics

University of Nottingham

Physics & Astronomy

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £30,487 to £45,585 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Friday 24 November 2023
Reference:  SCI428023

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position focussing on the astrophysics of clusters of galaxies with Prof. Nina Hatch at the University of Nottingham. The position is part of a larger effort to understand intracluster light and explore its potential to be a tracer of dark matter. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge observational data from ESA's Euclid satellite and will be encouraged to explore their own research projects. This is a grant-funded position and will include generous funds for travel and computing equipment. 

If successful, you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse set of researchers in the Astronomy group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. The group has a strong focus on extragalactic astronomy, and shares research interests with the Nottingham Particle Cosmology research group.

Applicants with experience of processing either observational or simulation astronomy data and having research interests in any aspect of galaxy cluster physics or low-surface brightness emission are encouraged to apply. You will need to have, or be close to completion of, a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related subject area. Applicants should complete the online submission form and attach a copy of their CV, publications list (if not included in the CV), and a description of their research interests and relevant work to date (up to two pages).

The appointment is available on a three year contract, with a flexible start date, but preferably before 01 September 2024. Hours of work are full time, (36.25 hours per week). Job share arrangements may be considered.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of employee benefits. More information can be found at:

As part of our commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the School of Physics and Astronomy, shortlisted candidates will be offered the opportunity to talk to a member of staff representing women, BAME, LGBTQIA+ or disabilities communities. This will be separate to the assessment process and will play no role in the decision to appoint.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Nina Hatch, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.



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