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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Astronomy Unit - QMUL17030

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL17030
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 10-Dec-2018
Closing date: 14-Jan-2019

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The position is for two years fixed term contract, commencing in October 2019.

A highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the Cosmology and Relativity Group in the Astronomy Unit, School of Physics and Astronomy, at Queen Mary University of London. The researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Tessa Baker as part of the programme "Probing Gravity on Non-Linear Scales”, funded by the Royal Society Fellows Enhancement Award RGF\EA\181023.

The successful candidate will lead the development of novel simulations that allow a native relativistic treatment of nonstandard cosmological models, such as extensions of General Relativity and massive neutrinos. They will study the impact of relativistic corrections upon large-scale structure, cosmological voids and gravitational lensing. This work will have important applications for (but not limited to) future tests of gravity with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and other experiments. The researcher will be given Junior Affiliate status within the LSST consortium, and the opportunity to participate actively in the collaboration.

The Cosmology and Relativity Group at QMUL has diverse research interests spanning inflation and the early universe, black holes and General Relativity, advanced perturbation theory, gravitational lensing, large-scale structure and radio astronomy. Group members play key roles in many international experiments, including the Square Kilometre Array, LSST, Euclid, VISTA, HERA and MeerKAT. The successful candidate will be encouraged to additionally pursue their own research projects, and interact widely with members of the both the cosmology group and the broader QMUL Astronomy Unit.

The position is available for two years commencing on 1st October 2019, or as agreed. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Tessa Baker with any queries about research aspects of the position (

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

Applications should consist of:

1) A CV & list of publications, highlighting up to five most relevant works.

2) A research statement (maximum two pages in length). This should describe your previous research experience, your skill set, and your future professional plans.

3) Contact information for three academic references who can provide letters in support of your application.

Please provide for each referee their name and title, institution, e-mail address and telephone number.

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 14 January 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in February 2019.

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 and all under-represented groups - see for details.

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