Research Associate - Cosmology x6

University College London - UCL Physics and Astronomy

The Cosmology group at UCL is actively involved in several large surveys, and this role concerns the international Dark Energy Survey (DES). A European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant of 2.4M Euro was awarded to Professor Ofer Lahav in May 2012, until 30 April 2018.

The main goals are to ultimately test the Dark Energy paradigm with DES and other surveys, and to measure other cosmological parameters such as the Dark Energy equation of state and the neutrino mass.

Lahav is chair of both the DES: UK consortium and of the DES Advisory Board (and formerly co-chair of the DES Science Committee).

We wish to appoint up to 6 Postdoctoral Research staff or finishing PhD students, whose theses are on appropriate topics, who will actively participate in the core research of DES by combining numerical and observational techniques.

Short-term positions are available for a duration of 5 months to start by 1 December 2017 (i.e. until 30 April 2018).

The successful applicant(s) will have, or soon obtain, a PhD in cosmology, data analysis techniques, or statistical methods and will be able to analyse and present complex information effectively to a range of audiences.

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge of the Dark Energy Survey 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.

UCL vacancy reference: 1687245

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:

Closing Date: 23 November 2017

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

Interview Date: TBC

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