Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Cosmology and Gravitational Physics, Oxford, UK

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Deadline:  2017-11-30

Location:  Oxford, UK

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cosmology and Gravitational Physics. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension for 1 year.

The postholder will contribute to the recently funded ERC project to study “Large Scale Structure Constraints of General Relativity”; the role will involve theoretical and/or numerical research in cosmology and gravitational physics, led by Pedro Ferreira and the postholder will be expected to interact with other members of the Oxford faculty working in these fields. Our theoretical cosmology programme at Oxford includes large scale structure, weak lensing, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, cosmic background radiation anisotropy, intensity mapping, early universe physics, dark matter, dark energy and modified gravity. There is also expertise in black hole physics, compact objects (observational and theoretical), the early universe and galactic dynamics.

The postholder will contribute to and develop a personal research programme in theoretical cosmology (which may include numerical modelling and/or data analysis), interacting with Erminia Calabrese, Julien Devriendt, Pedro Ferreira, Lance Miller and Adrianne Slyz. The candidate will take part in the academic life of BIPAC and the astrophysics group at the Physics Department, and have the opportunity to attend and take part in seminars, colloquia and journal clubs. The candidate will be expected to present their research results at international conferences and prepare articles for publication on those results.

The successful candidate will have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics or engineering. The successful candidate will have a proven record of research in this area and a demonstrated capacity for independent work. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the capability to initiate research in a lively group and to have expertise in theory and/or data analysis in cosmology. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Pedro Ferreira (pedro.ferreira[AT]

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, a CV and details of three referees as part of your online application. You will also need to submit three letters of support to (bipac2018[AT] quoting your name in the subject line.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 30 November 2017 can be considered.