Research Associate in the Dark Energy Survey

University College London - UCL Physics and Astronomy

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 to £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Department of Physics & Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 100 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. We wish to recruit a Research Associate to assist in compiling a book with results from the Dark Energy Survey being carried out by an international team, including one of the members of the group, Prof. Ofer Lahav and his ERC-funded TESTDE programme in the area of Astrophysics and Cosmology.  The aim of the project is to document the way the project was constructed and to summarize its main scientific results. The postholder will primarily be responsible for researching, interviewing, writing, editing, subediting and proofing the DES book chapters. They may also be called upon to set up plans, in consultation with Prof. Lahav, to ensure that the project is appropriately supervised and supported; prepare and present findings of research activity to colleagues for review purposes and manage relevant websites.  This position is funded for 5 months.

The successful applicant will have a Postgraduate Degree (at least a Master Degree) in relevant subject area, ideally with background in both Astrophysics and in Humanities subjects, and expertise in researching, interviewing, writing, editing, subediting and proofing scientific publications. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and will have worked in a research environment with a flair for writing and the ability to present complex information effectively.  They will also be able to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail when working. Knowledge of the Dark Energy Survey project is desirable. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316-£31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis, where relevant.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Joanna Fabbri, email:    Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy should be directed to Prof. Ofer Lahav, email:

Closing Date: 24 November 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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