University of Exeter

Postdoctorate Position 2 years Exeter, UK

Uploaded 3 Aug 2019

Job Description

An astronomer/programmer position is available in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter to work with Professor Tim Naylor.

This post is part of the UK’s LSST Phase B programme, which will develop techniques and software tools to support the LSST-based work of UK astronomers. Specifically, the post-holder will investigate the statistical techniques required to cross-match sources from the crowded LSST fields with catalogues from other surveys both in the optical and other wavebands, and implement them in a way accessible to astronomers. As such it requires some understanding of the relevant astronomy, as well as astronomical statistics and an ability to program to a standard such that software can be released. There should be opportunities for science which expands or tests the techniques and software being developed, and to write papers describing the work.

The successful applicant will work as part of the Exeter astrophysics group of over 50 staff and post-graduate students which has broad programme of stellar and planetary physics based around star formation and Exoplanets. 

Person Specification


  • PhD (or nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study  
  • Sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes 
  • Understanding of health and safety legislation  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Able to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature 
  • Able to manage research and administrative activities and to balance the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines  
  • Able to liaise with colleagues and students
  • Able to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks for the exchange of information and collaboration  
  • Able to identify potential sources of funding  
  • Actively participate as a member of a research team  
  • Engage in continuous professional development  
  • Understand equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content 
  • Where appropriate to the role, willingness to undergo training in order to conduct risk assessments  
  • Willing to work flexibly to achieve project demands 


  • Evidence of research activity and published research
  • Experience of undergraduate teaching