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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Cosmology (Fixed Term)

We hope to be able to offer a postdoctoral position in Cosmology. Candidates should be qualified to undertake research in the areas of CMB, large-scale structure, cosmological tests of fundamental physics, or other areas of cosmology. While the main criterion is research excellence and strong researchers in any relevant area will be seriously considered, candidates interested in working on CMB polarization, gravitational lensing, B-mode cosmology, cosmological surveys or baryon acoustic oscillations with Dr Blake Sherwin are of particular interest. It is anticipated that the successful candidate would available to start December 2018 or the start of 2019.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in Cosmology, Physics, Astrophysics or a closely related area prior to their appointment, and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research.

Appointment will be made either at Research Associate level (£31,604-£38,833 per annum) or at Senior Research Associate level for an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. He or she must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. He or she may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area. An allowance for research expenses is included in this position. In the case of an appointment being made at Senior Research Associate level, additional duties would include managing research budgets and programmes, identifying sources of funding, contributing to teaching and supervising/mentoring research students and colleagues.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

Informal enquiries may be made by contacting

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, research statement (no more than two sides of UK A4 size of current and proposed research), list of publications and the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that your referees supply references by the closing date and are made aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE15473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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