Postdoctoral Research Assistant in CMB Polarised Foregrounds

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in CMB Polarised Foregrounds. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 24 months.

This project is to use data from the C-Band All-Sky Survey (C-BASS) and other CMB experiments to improve the separation of CMB foregrounds, leading to improved measurements of cosmological parameters, and a better understanding of foreground emission mechanisms. We also plan to design and simulate future experiments for measuring CMB foregrounds, and collaborate with groups designing new CMB experiments such as LiteBIRD.

The successful candidate will work on analysis and exploitation of data from the C-BASS survey, using existing software and also writing new code, to produce better measurements of cosmological parameters from CMB data. They will also do simulations to help plan new CMB foregrounds experiments. The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should hold, or be close to obtaining, a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in CMB observational cosmology, with a strong background in scientific data analysis software. Previous experience in the field of CMB foregrounds will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage a research area within the overall project, to contribute to the scientific output of the project and to communicate the results via papers and presentations.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Angela Taylor (

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 5 January 2018 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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