Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology

Queen Mary University of London School of Physics and Astronomy

United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology with Neutral Hydrogen Intensity Mapping

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23398
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 16-Nov-2020
Closing date: 15-Dec-2020


About the Role

The School is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou on cosmology with HI intensity mapping for MeerKAT and the SKA. The position is supported by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

The successful applicant will play a major role in analysing currently available MeerKAT data and simulating future SKA data. This will involve developing end-to-end simulations, building data analysis pipelines, and comparing and optimising the performance of foreground removal methods. Particular attention will be given on developing synergies with optical galaxy surveys like Euclid.

About You

Applicants should have a strong research track record within cosmology, or related fields, ideally in areas that involve neutral hydrogen intensity mapping theory, simulations, and modelling. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, cosmology, or equivalent. Experience in similar types of data analysis is desirable but not essential, and we will consider applicants with a broad range of skills.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

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. This position is based in the Astronomy Unit within the School of Physics and Astronomy, which hosts world-leading research groups in cosmology, gravitation, planetary science, and space plasma physics.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, fixed-term appointment for 19  months, with an expected start date of 1st October 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou at .

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held very shortly thereafter.

The School of Physics and Astronomy and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics, which affirms our commitment to promoting an inclusive working environment. We are committed to equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers.

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