Fixed term for 36 months.
You will carry out research and participate in the activities of the STARRY Marie Curie Initial Training Network, investigating the role of clusters in star formation.
STARRY (STARs that ‘R’ Young) is a twin site European Industrial Doctorate that will provide training to an early stage researcher in the development of sophisticated research tools in order to exploit, interpret and analyse astronomical data from state-of-the-art observatories in the field of star formation. There is particular emphasis on exploiting the data from ESA’s GAIA satellite. The joint training programme is provided by world experts in stellar astrophysics at the University of Leeds, UK and in developing, maintaining and exploiting space science data archives at ISDEFE in Madrid, Spain.
An ESR position is a Marie Curie Fellowship for postgraduate research, and includes studies towards a doctoral degree (PhD). It is anticipated that the research performed will form all or part of your studies towards a postgraduate research degree (PhD) in astrophysics to be awarded by the University of Leeds.
The Initial Training Network provides an excellent opportunity for scientific and personal development, with regular training courses in both scientific and general transferable skills at different locations throughout Europe. There is also the chance to meet and discuss research problems with leading scientists in the field.
You will have a Personal Career Development Plan, designed with the supervisor at the beginning of the fellowship, covering training needs (including complementary skills) and scientific objectives. In line with the principle of the EID, you will spend half of your time at the site in Spain.
Further details of the network are available at www.starry.leeds.ac.uk
The STARRY project will use GAIA observations to collect fundamental data of known, and discover new, young pre-main sequence stars and the young stellar clusters they are formed in. This is then followed by a thorough analysis of the accretion and clustering properties of these objects.
One of two projects available at Leeds, this STARRY project will use GAIA observations to collect fundamental data of known, and discover new, young pre-main sequence stars and the young stellar clusters they are formed in. The subsequent sample will then be analysed for its accretion properties as function of age, mass and cluster environment.
The project has an element of computer programming and the expectation is that the tools that are developed will be made publicly available.
Starting dates are negotiable; the aim is that the post start by 1 May 2016.
It is anticipated that the research performed will form all or part of your studies towards a postgraduate research degree (PhD) in astrophysics. You will have an undergraduate degree (with a minimum 2.1 degree or above or equivalent) in Physics or a closely related discipline. You must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK.
The position is open to candidates of any nationality, as long as they fulfill the requirements set for the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions:
• You must NOT already hold a doctorate degree and you must be in the first 4 years of your research career (measured from the date of obtaining the degree which entitles you to embark on PhD studies).
• At the time of recruitment, researchers must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their start date.
For information on Marie Curie initial training networks, see: http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions
How to apply
Recruitment to these posts will involve a two stage process: shortlisted candidates will undertake an initial interview via Skype and successful candidates from the first stage will then be asked to attend a face-to-face interview (stage 2) at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
Please contact Professor Rene Oudmaijer, telephone: +44 (0)113 343 3886, email [email protected]
Closing Date: 15 February, 2016 (but will remain open until the position has been filled).
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