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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...

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Hidden in the archives: Finding the first-ever evidence of exoplanetary system

You never know what hidden treasures can be uncovered in the archives.  And this was certainly the case at Carnegie Observatories’ collection when research for an article led to the unexpected discovery of a 1917 glass plate showing the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. More...

RAS Awards

Two UCL astrophysicists win Royal Astronomical Society awards

Two UCL astrophysicists, Dr Andrew Pontzen and the late Professor Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), have been recognised in this year’s Royal Astronomical Society awards. The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the society held on Friday 8 January 2016. The awards will be made formally at the Society's 2016 National Astronomy Meeting in June. 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

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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