Research Associate in Theoretical and Observational Cosmology

The University of Manchester - Physics & Astronomy

Closing Date : 11/11/2016
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : From 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-08847

A Research Associate position is available in the Cosmology group, a part of The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). The starting date is 1st January 2017. You will work with Professor Michael Brown and other members of the cosmology group on scientific exploitation of existing datasets, theoretical studies of cosmological probes, and on the development and application of new analysis techniques for future experiments.

The University of Manchester operates the UK’s next-generation radio facility, e-MERLIN on behalf of STFC. The JBCA cosmology group is leading SuperCLASS - a novel radio weak lensing survey of a supercluster of galaxies being conducted with e-MERLIN. We are also playing a leading role in preparations for the Square Kilometre Array, for which we have major science interests in the fields of weak lensing and intensity mapping surveys. We are heavily involved in future weak lensing surveys in the optical with the Euclid satellite and the LSST. The group is also at the forefront of CMB studies. We are major contributors to the Planck satellite and looking to the future, we are actively planning for major involvement in future CMB B-mode polarization experiments including LiteBIRD, The Simons Observatory, and the US-led S4 initiative.

We seek a RA with significant theoretical and analytic skills and who has experience in developing and applying analysis techniques to extract science results from massive cosmological datasets. You will be based at the University of Manchester and will play a lead role in developing the theoretical understanding and/or developing novel analysis algorithms for extracting cosmological information from the types of observations mentioned above.

Knowledge and experience of some aspect of theoretical cosmology and/or cosmological data analysis is essential. You must also hold or be about to obtain a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You will have a demonstrable track record in communicating your research in both written and oral form. You must possess excellent communication skills and programming skills (e.g. C, Fortan, IDL, Python etc.) are essential. The initial appointment will be for a period of two years with the possibility of renewal.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name:  Professor Michael Brown


Tel: +44 (0)161 3063913

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing

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