Job Advertisement: Closing Date 27th October 2017
HEAD OF RESEARCH, ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM
This is a unique opportunity to work in one of the longest continuously
operating astronomical research institutes in the world (a recognised
leader in several specialist fields) and one of the world's most
advanced planetaria. The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium delivers
internationally-recognised research in astronomy and related sciences
and vibrant educational and outreach programmes for all ages.
The Board of Governors is seeking to appoint an individual who can bring
the right balance of scientific understanding, strategic thinking and
research leadership to the position of Head of Research. The successful
candidate will be expected to support the Director of AOP, Professor
Michael Burton, as he develops and leads a programme of organisational
change to deliver greater alignment between the research, educational,
outreach and heritage aims of the Observatory and Planetarium and to
ensure its long-term sustainability and success. This role will lead on
the research function in AOP and develop and deliver a strategy for its
conduct, including identifying educational and commercial opportunities.
The person should be a respected researcher in any field related to
astrophysics, including theories, observations, simulations and
The Armagh Observatory was established in 1790 by Archbishop Richard
Robinson. It is the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland
and the longest continuously operating astronomical research institute
in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Armagh Planetarium was founded in
1968 by Dr Eric Lindsay, the seventh Director of the Observatory. It is
the oldest operating Planetarium in the UK and Ireland and has been the
public face of astronomy in Northern Ireland for the past 50 years. They
are located within 14 acres of attractive, landscaped grounds, known as
the Armagh Astropark, and in close proximity to Armagh City.
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Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than
12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 27th October 2017.
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