Research Associate in Cosmology University of Manchester Faculty of Science & Engineering Division of Physics and Astronomy Research Office United Kingdom

Job Reference : S&E-13779
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 02/05/2019
Salary : £32,236 - £39,609 per annum (according to experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Physics and Astronomy Research Office
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 24 Months

A Research Associate position is available in the Cosmology group in the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). You will work with Professor Sarah Bridle and others on the Dark Energy Survey. The Dark Energy Survey has just finished taking data and is now focused on extracting the cosmological signal from hundreds of millions of galaxies over 1/8th of the sky.


We are looking for a Research Associate who is an expert in cosmology to work with our team to exploit the Dark Energy Survey data at this exciting time, with an emphasis on weak gravitational lensing and large scale structure.


You should have significant analytic skills and have experience in developing analysis techniques for extracting cosmological results from large datasets. You will be based at the University of Manchester and will play a leading role in developing the analysis tools for extracting cosmological information from the Dark Energy Survey.


Knowledge and experience of some aspect of theoretical cosmology and/or cosmological data analysis is essential. You must also hold or be about to obtain a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You must possess excellent communication skills and strong scientific programming skills. Candidates should also be well-organised, self-motivated and capable of working in a local team within an international collaboration. A strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals is essential.


This position is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant which ends in March 2021. The appointment can start as soon as possible and last until the end of March 2021.


The University of Manchester has one of the largest astrophysics groups in the UK and plays a leading role in the next generation of big telescopes and astronomical sky surveys including the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Further details can be obtained from our websites:


The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies


Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Manager: Sarah Bridle


General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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