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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Astronomy Unit - QMUL17055

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - 37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL17055
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 23-Nov-2018
Closing date: 14-Jan-2019

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The position is for two years fixed term contract, commencing between April and October 2019

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to join the HI intensity mapping research team led by Dr. Alkistis Pourtsidou in the Astronomy Unit (AU), School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, as part of the programme “Neutral Hydrogen intensity mapping with MeerKAT”, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (ST/S000437/1).

The researcher will lead and contribute to cutting edge research exploiting the first HI intensity mapping data from the MeerKAT radio telescope. MeerKAT is a prominent SKA precursor and a world-class facility in its own right. The researcher will work on calibration and foreground removal techniques using available test data, as well as simulations and pipeline development to detect HI in auto and cross-correlation using Science Verification data. This research project aims to perform transformational measurements in the radio and prepare large sky HI intensity mapping surveys with MeerKAT and SKA1-MID.

The Cosmology and Relativity Group at QMUL has diverse research interests spanning large-scale structure and radio cosmology, inflation and the early universe, black holes and General Relativity, advanced perturbation theory, and gravitational lensing. Group members play key roles in many international experiments, including the Square Kilometre Array, Euclid, and LSST. The successful candidate will also interact closely with researchers in the Centre for Radio Cosmology at the University of the Western Cape. The successful candidate will be encouraged to additionally pursue their own research projects.

The Astronomy Unit has access to excellent local computational facilities, including an HPC cluster with 5000 cores, and a Tier2 GridPP cluster with more than 5PB of storage and 2000 cores.

The position is available for 2 years commencing between April and October 2019. There is a possibility of a 2-year extension contingent on funding. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Alkistis Pourtsidou should they require further information on the research aspects of the position (

General information about the School can be found at and about the Astronomy Unit at

Application materials should consist of

1 - A CV & list of publications.

2 - Research statement (2 pages max). Note that experience with simulated and/or real HI intensity mapping data is an essential requirement for this post.

3 - Contact information of two academic advisers/collaborators that can provide letters in support of your application (name, institution, e-mail and phone). They will be contacted by QMUL only if shortlisted.

Please consolidate all this information in a single PDF file and upload it as your CV in our on-line application system.

To apply, please click on the link below.

Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. Jazmina Vaca Ortiz

The closing date for applications is 14th January 2019. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to hold Institute of Physics JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status; we have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups - see for details.

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