Research Associate in mm/submm Astronomy
National University of Ireland, School of Physics

Research Associate in mm/submm Astronomy, School of Physics, College of Science, National University of Ireland Galway


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position (2 Years) as a Research Associate with School of Physics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Job Description:

The successful candidate will conduct research in the group led by Professor Gear, focused primarily on exploitation of results from the James Clerk Maxwell telescope (JCMT) to which NUIG has access as a consortium member, and also the ESO facilities to which Ireland has access as a member of the European Southern Observatory.


Duties: What the successful candidate will do attached to the specific post


  • To conduct research within the research group of Prof. Gear, in particular obtaining, and analysing utilising results from the programmes in Galactic and Extragalactic science on the JCMT, but also other appropriate facilities worldwide.

  • Contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national and international academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 

  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals

  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required

  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting

  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field

  • To participate in School research activities.

  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects



  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.

  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.

  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world

  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

Qualifications and Education

  1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:

                                          i.    The structure and kinematics of the interstellar medium in our own and/or nearby galaxies

                                         ii.    Experience in reducing and analysing data from large continuum cameras such as SCUBA-2 on the JCMT.


  1. Knowledge of current status of research in this specialist field


  1. Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals


  1. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies


Communication and Team Working

  1. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication


  1. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals


  1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work


  1. Proven ability to work without close supervision


Desirable Requirements:


  • Experience of reducing and analysing data from the Atacama large Millimetre Array (ALMA) or other high frequency interferometric observatories.


Salary: €37,223 to €48,208 per annum


Start date: Position is available immediately


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway


For information on moving to Ireland please see

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Gear,


To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Professor Walter Gear,

Please put reference number NUIG-085-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Thursday, 23rdMay 2019



National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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