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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: E&PS-07612

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/02/2016

Salary: £30,738 - £37,768 per anum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Contract Duration: from 01/10/2016 until 30/09/2019

School / Directorate: School of Physics & Astronomy

A Research Associate position is available in the extragalactic astronomy and cosmology group, a part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). You will work with Prof. Sarah Bridle and other members of the cosmology group.

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). Of most relevance to this position, Prof Sarah Bridle and Dr Joe Zuntz co-lead the Weak Lensing Working Groups of DES and LSST respectively, focussing on quantifying dark matter and dark energy in the Universe using high precision measurements of the images of distant galaxies. The Dark Energy Survey is now half-way through its 5 year program of data-taking, having collected information for measuring shapes and photometric redshifts to over 100 million galaxies to-date.

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

You should have significant analytic skills and have experience in developing analysis techniques for extracting science results from large cosmological 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 will have a demonstrable track record in communicating your research in both written and oral form. You must possess excellent communication skills and scientific programming skills are essential.

This position is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. The initial appointment will be for a period of three years with the possibility of renewal for an extra two years.

The School of Physics & Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Sarah Bridle


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting:     Thursday 14 January 2016

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

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