Position type:

Full time


£30,942 to £33,797

05 Jan 2021
03 Feb 2021

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-1324621WF

The Astronomy Group of the University of Southampton's Department of Physics & Astronomy invites you to join our rapidly growing team and work with Dr Diego Altamirano to understand the physics of accretion onto compact objects. You will take the lead in our current efforts of addressing key questions in accretion physics by exploiting data from Southampton-led fast optical camera OPTICam, together with data from the space observatories "Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER)" and AstroSat. You will be involved in the supervision of projects lead by PhD students.

To be successful you will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Astronomy and Astrophysics with detailed understanding and knowledge of X-ray and Optical data analysis. However, applications will be considered if your research is focused on any of the different flavors of  accretion disc physics.

The position is available from 1st October 2021 on a full time basis but flexible working will be considered. The post is available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

The Southampton Astro-group provides a stimulating and collegial environment with many opportunities to collaborate with other group members. Our main research themes are compact objects and time-domain astrophysics. We are strongly committed to diversity in the student and academic population and you will be supported in developing your career while maintaining a good work-life balance through family-friendly policies. The position will provide you with time and resources to explore and develop independent research.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests (2 pages max). Please upload all documents as one pdf file. Moreover, two letters of reference are required with contact details to be provided on application (letter requests will be sent should your application be shortlisted).

Informal inquiries are particularly welcome. Please contact Dr Diego Altamirano (

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates no more than six months from completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

** subject to qualifying criteria

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