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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Observational Cosmology

The University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum. UE07
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 1st December 2021
Job Ref: 2083

Closing date 01/12/2021 at 5pm

The Opportunity:

The research goal of this position is to contribute to the cosmological analysis of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the Euclid space-satellite mission. The successful candidate will join the group headed by Dr Florian Beutler (funded through an ERC grant) working on galaxy clustering with particular focus on Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO), Redshift-space distortions (RSD) and tests of inflation through primordial non-Gaussianity and primordial features. The applicant should be highly motivated to contribute to fundamental cosmological research.

DESI has now started regular science operations and the first datasets with more than 1 million galaxy redshifts is already available. Over the coming 5-years DESI will collect 30 to 40 million galaxy spectra, surpassing existing datasets (e.g. BOSS with 1 million spectra) by more than an order of magnitude. The experiment is expected to contribute to the detection of the sum of the neutrino masses, map the expansion history of the Universe through BAO, test early Universe (inflation) models and probe gravity on cosmic scales.

As a member of the DESI and Euclid collaborations, you are expected to attend collaboration meetings, participating in DESI observing runs (no prior observing experience needed; currently limited by COVID) and attend international workshops and meetings to present and advertise the results.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD (or near completion) in Astronomy or related subject
  • Relevant research experience in observational cosmology or related fields.
  • Record of high-quality lead-author and co-authored refereed journal publications (relative to career stage).
  • Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative, and with the ability to think creatively
  • Good timekeeping and time-management, with effective prioritisation of tasks.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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