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Cosmic Web

About 30 UCL and French astronomers gathered on 9 & 10 June 2016 at the Royal Astronomical Society in London to discuss the “Cosmic Web”, the complex large scale structure in the universe. The meeting was sponsored by the French Embassy, within UCL’s Grand Challenges programme. More...

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UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives. More...


World-first film of the Universe

The Science and Technology Facilities Council confirmed the UK's participation in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) this week, an international project that UCL astronomers have been involved in since 2013. 

Dusty doughnut - Serena Viti

Dusty doughnut around massive black hole spied for first time

A team of astronomers, including UCL's Prof. Serena Viti imaged for the first time one of the doughnuts of dust long thought to encircle some supermassive black holes. These supermassive black holes are believed to be obscured by a doughnut-shaped structure of dust and gas, called a “torus.” However because the centres of these active galaxies are so distant, a dusty torus has never been seen – until now! More...

Astrophysics Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy

The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Dept of Physics & Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.

Our group members are also playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2030 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, LSST, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, Ariel, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN, ALMA and SKA.

Head of Group: Prof. Mike Barlow
Administrator:  Mrs Kay Nakum

2016 Royal Society and STFC Fellowship Application Deadlines

The Royal Society have yet to set a 2016 deadline for applications for their University Research Fellowship scheme but their deadlines last year were September 3rd for eGAP form completion and approval by the host institution and September 10th for letters of support from Heads of Department/Nominated referees. Potential applicants who wish to be hosted by the UCL Astrophysics Group should contact Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk) before Friday August 12th 2016, enclosing a draft 3-page research case and a CV/publication list. After the material has been reviewed, a notification will be sent to applicants whose RSURF application we are prepared to support as the prospective host institution. Our internal deadline for the receipt of completed UCL costing forms for RSURF applications is four weeks ahead of the Royal Society's deadline - the UCL forms that need to be completed can be obtained from Ms Kay Nakum, (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk).

The STFC are expected to set a deadline of Thursday September 22nd 2016 for applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. Each host institution is given an internal quota limit by STFC for ERF applicants and so must have a process to select applicants to meet their quota limit. There is a further deadline of August 25th before which no institution can require applicants to accept an internal offer to host.

Potential STFC ERF applicants should send draft 3-page science cases plus CVs (including a list of publications) to Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk) and to Ms Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk), by Monday August 15th 2016. A panel will then rank the applications and let candidates know within 10 days whether we are able to include them within the quota limit assigned to us by STFC, so that feedback on draft science cases can be provided and UCL costing forms can be completed and submitted by applicants in time.

STFC encourages returners to research and our quota limit will not apply to any applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years). Ernest Rutherford Fellowship applications from returners may be submitted in excess of the departmental limit. Returner applications will be judged solely on the applicantʼs track record prior to their career break.

UCL Dept. of Physics & Astronomy - High Performance Computing System Manager - Ref: 1556828

see: https://goo.gl/N0PGh3

Grade 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)

£33,686 to £40,716 per annum

Closing date for applications: July 15th 2016

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page at https://goo.gl/N0PGh3 To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the same page.

Duties and Responsibilities:The Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a system manager to support world-class research teams working in the areas of astrophysics and high-energy physics. The postholder will maintain and develop high-performance computing (HPC) systems and software, contribute IT expertise to ongoing and future research projects, and assist with day-to-day management of our other research computing systems. They will work independently as well as assisting other system managers in the research groups and the wider departmental team of IT support staff.

Through the department's strong links with the national DiRAC HPC facilities, the postholder will have access to tailored training in HPC system design and management. This position is funded for 3 years in the first instance, but we expect this to be extended, subject to available funding

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Kay Nakum, k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 3 549 5807). Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Ben Waugh, b.waugh@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7223).

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