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Research Associate in Extragalactic Astrophysics

Requisition ID:  25114

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Mar-2023


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 15 May 2023



The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to join Newcastle University as a Research Associate in extragalactic astrophysics to complement the STFC-funded research program managed by Dr. David Rosario. 


The project involves detailed JWST studies of local Seyfert galaxies based on Cycle 1 programmes led by Dr. Rosario and other members of the Galaxy Activity, Torus and Outflow Survey (GATOS). The primary research explores the structure, origin, and impact of dusty outflows in local luminous active galactic nuclei (AGN). A secondary developmental goal is to extend a Bayesian spectral modelling package to handle JWST and other ancillary datasets using modern machine learning techniques. The Research Associate will work closely with the GATOS collaboration, an international team of observers, modellers and instrument specialists with a focus on high-resolution multi-wavelength studies of the inner parsecs of AGN.

The post holder will become a member of a new, dedicated research group at Newcastle studying the astrophysics of AGN feedback using cutting-edge observations and simulations (including David Rosario, Chris Harrison, Tiago Costa, research associates and postgraduate students).


In addition to project-specific activities, the Research Associate will be encouraged to pursue their own independent research and training. They are also encouraged to undertake outreach/engagement activities, particularly those designed to increase accessibility and inclusion to science. 


As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


The position is offered on a full-time fixed term basis for two years with an extension of a year subject to performance and funding. Starting dates, flexible and/or blended working can be negotiated. 


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a: (1) CV (no page limit), and (2) a covering letter combined with a research statement (max 3 pages). In your covering letter, please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below. The research statement should explain how your research experience is suitable for the post and how your research interests will align with those performed in the group.


For all information enquiries, please contact Dr. David Rosario via email


For more information about the wider astronomy and astrophysics research group at Newcastle, please click here.


Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct the data analysis and research along the lines of the programme of the funded project
  • Work successfully in an interdisciplinary research team and wider collaborators to publish world-leading research
  • Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form
  • Contribute to the positive culture and general strengths of the research group and the School; for example, through supervision of project students, participation in outreach, leading initiatives to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and organising/ participating in research events
  • Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent technical skills in performing, analysing and interpreting multi-wavelength observations targeted towards galaxy physics, and that can be applied to the aims of the project and the specific aspects of the positions listed under ‘The role’
  • A track record of high quality research outputs related to the goals of the project (e.g., publications, software, research tools etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write creatively for publications, and concisely for communications
  • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career


Attributes and Behaviour

  • High level analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Ability to work independently using own initiative, be self-motivated and proactive and to meet strict deadlines
  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects
  • A commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion


  • Demonstrable evidence of promoting a positive and healthy research culture (e.g., by actively supporting/mentoring students, supporting initiatives to improve the work environment etc)



  • PhD awarded in a relevant discipline (or exceptionally equivalent professional experience)
  • Honours Degree in a relevant discipline


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We are committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25114