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Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers in Astrophysics:(ESR2) Clustering around young stars

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    Prof Rene Oudmaijer
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Project Description

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

One of two projects available at Leeds, this STARRY project uses the GAIA distances and proper motions to identify and characterize the clusters around young pre-main sequence stars. These are then analysed with as aim to test the role of clusters in the formation of low and high mass stars.

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 to have the post start by 1 October 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.

Eligibility Criteria

The position is open to candidates of any nationality, as long as they fulfil 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.

Informal enquiries

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).

Ref: MAPPA102’

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Funding Notes

You will be offered a salary plus allowances in line with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN requirements for Early Stage Researchers.
The appointed researcher will be part of the training network but employed by the University of Leeds.
The ESR living allowance is fixed at €44,895.96 per annum plus allowances. This figure is before employers and employees’ deduction for national insurance and taxes per year, which will be paid in Sterling using an appropriate conversion rate.

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