Research Fellow – Law

Reference: 108909-0324

Research Associate/Fellow



The work of this role is directly related to the achievement of the above Global Goals.

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About the Role 

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick seeks to appoint a Research Fellow working on exoplanet detection and characterisation using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The NGTS facility is an array of twelve telescopes situated at the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile (the site of the Very Large Telescope, VLT). The NGTS telescopes are optimised for exoplanet transit observations, matching the photometric precision of TESS.  Our focus is on the discovery and characterisation of new long-period transiting exoplanets.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Peter Wheatley via email:

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

The successful applicant will be based at Warwick and will be responsible for scheduling observations and operating the NGTS facility, as well as planning and carrying out maintenance of the telescope array and associated software. You will also carry out research on NGTS and TESS data with the goal of discovering new long-period transiting exoplanets.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of the wider NGTS team. You will also possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure.

Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)

NGTS is a collaboration of researchers from the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Chile who work as a team to discover and characterise new transiting planets using the twelve NGTS telescopes at the ESO Paranal observatory in Chile. To date we have discovered more than thirty new transiting exoplanets, including the first hot Neptune in the Neptunian desert. Our focus is on discovering transiting exoplanets that are either young or have long orbital periods.  NGTS is operated by the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group at the University of Warwick, UK.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group

Astronomy and Astrophysics at Warwick has grown rapidly in recent years to a total of more than ninety staff and research students working in a lively and collaborative atmosphere. Exoplanet research is a core activity spanning observation and theory, exoplanet detection, atmospheric characterization, and planet formation. We also have a leading role in the ESA PLATO mission, hosting the PLATO Science Management office, which is led by Prof. Don Pollacco.  In addition to NGTS in Chile, we operate robotic telescopes in Australia and La Palma, including our own 1m telescope. We also make use extensive use of space-based telescopes including JWST, HST and XMM-Newton, and we have access to nationally funded facilities that include the VLT and other ESO telescopes.

Department of Physics

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group forms part of the Department of Physics, which is a vibrant academic department with 200 academic, research, technical and professional services staff, over 800 undergraduate students and 200 postgraduate research students.

For further information about the Physics department, please visit our website. 

We are proud of our diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed to maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

We hold an Athena SWAN Silver award, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. We are also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

Further information about working in the Department of Physics and the benefits available can be found at


The University supports flexible working and requests for part-time working or job-share will be considered where possible.

Childcare for interviews

Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery ( in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the Nursery.

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**.

You’ll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

To find out more about us visit our website.

To apply please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter by 11.55pm on the closing date of 29th April 2024. 

To apply, please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and a covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for the position.

You should demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role by specific reference to each of the essential, and where applicable, desirable criteria, in the person specification of the job description.

To streamline our hiring process, we kindly request that all candidates submit their applications through our official website. This ensures that all applications are received in a uniform format and can be processed efficiently by our HR team.

The interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed in May 2024.

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities.

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here.

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

If you are considering relocating to the UK, read our Relocation Guide to find out more about what Warwick has to offer and what might be involved in the process.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment.  We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.  Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social, and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University currently holds a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, Athena Swan Sliver Award and a Disability Smart Bronze Award. The University of Warwick is also one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University Alliance.

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