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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cosmology - QMUL24612

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £33,324 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL24612
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 24-Mar-2021
Closing date: 22-Apr-2021

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About the Role

The School is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cosmology to work with Drs Chris Clarkson, Philip Bull and Timothy Clifton on relativistic effects in large-scale structure. Applicants should have a strong research track record within cosmology or related fields, ideally in areas that involve simulations or analytic calculations of observable relativistic effects in structure formation. Applicants with experience working with large-scale structure simulations and/or data analysis, or survey forecasting, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

About You

Candidates must have a PhD (thesis submitted by job commencement) in cosmology or a closely related subject. A good working knowledge of recent developments in Cosmology is essential as is a record of relevant publications in international journals.  Experience of working on structure formation in relativistic cosmology is highly desirable.

About the School

The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains a tradition of outstanding research in ground-breaking fields. This position is based in the Astronomy Unit, which hosts world leading research groups in cosmology, gravitation, planetary science, and space plasma physics.

About Queen Mary

QMUL values diversity and is committed to equality. We are proud of the diverse, international and friendly nature of our research group, and strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, particularly those who identify with under-represented groups in physics and astronomy. QMUL holds the Athena SWAN Silver award and the School of Physics and Astronomy holds Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics which shows our commitment to promoting an inclusive working environment.

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date 1 September 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £33,324–£40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Chris Clarkson at     

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 22nd April 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held 3rd May 2021 or shortly thereafter.


Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality


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