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Postdoctoral Research Assistant Astronomy Unit - QMUL16987

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £33,615 to £35,459 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16987
Date posted: 10-Dec-2018
Closing date: 14-Jan-2019

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Queen Mary, University of London, is a leading university in the UK, with a breadth of excellence across Science and Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Post Information and Requirements

The School is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Astronomy, in collaboration with the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA; and the University of California Berkeley. Applicants should have a strong research record within astronomy, astrophysics, or related fields, ideally in areas that involve the development and application of statistical analysis techniques, high-performance computing, cosmological or instrumental simulations, and/or radio astronomical data analysis. The successful applicant will play a major role in performing a power spectrum analysis of the HERA data, with the goal of contributing to a detection of the statistical 21cm signal from the Epoch of Reionisation and Cosmic Dawn. This will involve developing statistical data analysis and simulation tools for HERA, applying optimal power spectrum estimation techniques, and testing for and modelling the cosmological and foreground signals, and various systematic effects.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics (or equivalent experience) and already have knowledge and/or research skills in some or all of the areas specified above. Experience in similar types of data analysis is desirable but not essential, and we will consider applicants with a broad range of skills that will be useful to the HERA data analysis effort. The applicant will also be required to work effectively as part of a large international team, which includes attending conference calls (sometimes out of normal working hours), and making occasional research visits to other HERA Partner organisations in the US and South Africa.

This position will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to join a highly active and diverse group performing world-leading research in theoretical and observational cosmology at QMUL, and to become part of an exciting international radio astronomy project that is already taking high-quality science data. The position is full-time and fixed-term for a period of 3 years (subject to renewal each year), and the successful applicant is expected to start no later than 1st October 2019. The starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 to £35,459 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, and benefits include 30 days annual leave, salary pension scheme, and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Phil Bull at the email address

Please include a CV, a statement of research (three pages or less) and a link to a code sample (e.g. on GitHub) with applications. We will only ask for references for shortlisted candidates.

General information about the School can be found at and about the Astronomy Unit at Further details and an application form can be found at

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search by post reference number QMUL16987. Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. J. Vaca Ortiz

The closing date for applications is 14th January 2019 at 11pm (UK time). Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

QMUL values diversity and is committed to equality. The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award and the School of Physics and Astronomy holds IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena Silver status. As part of the School’s participation in the JUNO programme we strongly encourage applications from women.

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