Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Observational Cosmology

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London, United Kingdom
£33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
26 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4) 
Location: Mile End
Closing date: 23-Aug-2019


The position is for three years fixed term contract, commencing from 1st October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

A highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the Astronomy Unit, School of Physics and Astronomy, at Queen Mary University of London. The researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Alkistis Pourtsidou as part of the programme “Exploring the Universe with radio and optical galaxy surveys”, funded by a UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship.

The successful candidate will work on several aspects of observational cosmology with optical galaxy surveys (in particular the Euclid satellite mission), primarily focusing on nonlinear galaxy clustering. This will involve testing perturbation theory approaches, working with approximate simulations and perturbation theory codes, and working on various aspects of end-to-end data analysis pipelines –  more details can be found in the Job Profile. The successful candidate is expected to be very actively involved in the Euclid collaboration, in particular the Galaxy Clustering Science Working Group and the Inter-Science-Working-Group for nonlinearities (IST:nonlinear).

The successful candidate should have a PhD or a shortly-expected PhD (thesis submitted by job commencement) in cosmology/astrophysics or a closely related subject. Extensive experience with numerical aspects of galaxy clustering and nonlinear modelling is essential for this post.

The Cosmology & Relativity group at QMUL has diverse research interests, including large scale structure and survey cosmology, General Relativity and modified gravity, and early universe cosmology. Group members play key roles in international experiments closely related to the scope of the project, including the Euclid satellite mission. The successful candidate will be encouraged to interact with members of both the cosmology group and the broader QMUL Astronomy Unit.

The position is available for three years commencing on 1st October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Alkistis Pourtsidou with any queries about research aspects of the position (a.pourtsidou@qmul.ac.uk).

General information about the School can be found at www.ph.qmul.ac.uk and about the Astronomy Unit at https://www.qmul.ac.uk/spa/astro/ .

Applications should consist of:

  1. A CV & list of publications, highlighting up to five most relevant works.
  2. A research statement (maximum two pages in length). This should describe your previous research experience, your skill set, and your future professional plans. Note that extensive experience with cosmological simulations and nonlinear modelling is essential for this post.
  3. Contact information for two academic references who can provide letters in support of your application. References will be requested for the shortlisted candidates.

Please provide for each referee their name and title, institution, e-mail address and telephone number.

Please consolidate all this information in a single PDF file and upload it as your CV in our on-line application system.

To apply, please click on the link below.

Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. Jazmina Vaca Ortiz:


The closing date for applications is 23 August 2019, but late applications will be admitted until the position is filled. Interviews will be held shortly after.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to hold Institute of Physics JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status; we have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups - see http://ph.qmul.ac.uk/about for details.

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