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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year. The position is immediately available and to be filled as soon as possible.

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a European Research Council funded project on "Accreting Black Holes and Cosmic Feedback" with Professor Andy Fabian at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (West Cambridge).

The research will involve the modelling of AGN feedback in galaxies due to the action of radiation pressure on dust. Successful applicants will be expected to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field, and experience in the field of feedback modelling.

Salary will be in the range £30,688 to £38,833 pa depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits. University benefits are outlined at

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Tuesday, 31st October 2017. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at) Further information can be obtained from Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at)

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter and the contact details of three referees. The names and contact details of the referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of Midnight (GMT) Tuesday, 7th November 2017.

Please quote reference LG13401 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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