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Research Associate in Cosmology
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus

Job reference: SAE-017593

Location: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/10/2021

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Available from 1 April 2022 for 3 years

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for two Research Associate in Cosmology positions.

The posts will be held at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) at the University of Manchester, working in the group of Dr Laura Wolz on HI Intensity mapping with the SKA and its pathfinders. The positions are funded through the UKRI Future Leader Fellowship award ‘Mapping the cosmic web with neutral hydrogen during the era of the Square Kilometre Array’. Positions are available for start after 01.04.2022 for the duration of 3 years. 

You will work on data reduction, data processing methodology, data inference methods, and mock data simulations in the context of HI Intensity Mapping. You will have access to SKA pathfinder data from South African array MeerKAT and Australian array ASKAP and will also be involved in preparations for the future HI intensity Mapping surveys by the SKA. The posts will involve working on single-dish data and simulations observing the largest scales of the structure distribution as well as interferometric data and simulations accessing the smaller scales. 

You will have a background in cosmology and be familiar with HI Intensity Mapping. You should have some experience in either single-dish HI intensity mapping (simulations or data analysis), or interferometric radio observations preferably in the context of cosmology (e.g. Epoch of Reionization experiments, Radio Weak Lensing).

Along with your application, you should submit a single file (to be attached under ‘additional information’) containing your CV, list of publications, and research statement (max 2 pages).

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access through contributing to the University’s social responsibility agenda, demonstrating a commitment to its policies, activities and delivery of initiatives including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The Department has held JUNO Champion status since 2016 for its commitment to achieving gender equality which positively promotes inclusivity for all.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Name: Dr Laura Wolz

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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