Research Assistant/Research Associate in Planetary Volatile Delivery (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
February 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:£34,308 to £42,155
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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Planetary Volatile Delivery

(Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Astronomy, funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe. The post-holder will work collaboratively between the groups of Dr. Amy Bonsor, Institute of Astronomy, Dr Paul Rimmer, Battcock Institute, Cavendish Laboratory and Dr. Auriol Rae, Department of Earth Sciences.

For the present position, interest and expertise in delivery of cometary material to early Earth, either from an astronomical perspective (dynamical expertise), from a planetary science perspective (impact processes) or from a chemistry perspective (chemical kinetics) and ideally an interest in the interdisciplinary connections between these domains. In addition to leadership of core projects in this area, applicants are encouraged to develop independent research programs, in particular those that contribute to the broader aims of the Leverhulme Centre.

The preferred candidate will have a PhD (or be near to completion) in Astronomy, Planetary Science or related discipline, or have satisfied the requirements for PhD, by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue a competitive research program in a collegial environment and have strong communication and computing skills.

Appointment at Research Associate level (grade 7) requires proof of PhD award and the salary range is from £34,308 to £42,155. For those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD, the appointment will initially be made as Research Assistant (grade 5) with a salary range of £27,929 to £32,348 but later amended to Research Associate on proof of award.

Informal enquiries can be made via email to Amy Bonsor (email: [email protected]).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date: 26th February 2023

Interview Date: Week commencing 6th March 2023

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference LG35110 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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    Institute of Astronomy


    £27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155






    23 January 2023

    Closing date

    20 February 2023

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