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DIAS Research Fellowship in Astronomical Instrumentation

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering a Research Fellowship to work on the independent development of astronomical instrumentation. Opportunities exist to participate in European Space Agency (ESA) projects, e.g., the Ariel Mission, European Southern Observatory (ESO) instrumentation, e.g., GRAVITY+, and the development of cryogenic astronomical detectors, e.g., Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs).

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, computer science, astronomy, or a closely related field. The aim of DIAS Research Fellowship to provide promising researchers near the start of their career with well-resourced medium-term positions in a world-class research environment. The award of a fellowship will be based on the candidate’s research record and promise, the quality of the research proposal submitted, and the contribution of the proposed research to the overall research strategy of the institute.

This fellowship is for up to 5 years starting as early as possible (the precise starting date is negotiable).    The current DIAS Fellowship salary scale is €59,485-€66,114 per annum (Personal Pension Contribution scale). The appointee will be subject to the general Irish public sector regulations as regards annual leave, sick leave, pension entitlements etc.

DIAS will provide funds for publications, travel, etc., and the fellow may be expected to act as a mentor to a postgraduate student.

Applications should be made via the DIAS online e-recruitment system at: https://dias.ie/ApplyRFAstronInstr0423

Interested candidates should upload a letter of application together with a CV, a list of publications, and a description of their research proposal, all as one pdf file. The names of three referees should be provided and candidates should arrange with their referees to upload their references (onto the same system) before the extended closing date of 31st May, 2023. 

Detailed enquiries regarding the project can be made to Prof Tom Ray (tr@cp.dias.ie), while submission enquiries can be directed to astrophysics@dias.ie.

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