Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Fellowships to work at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory Edinburgh. The areas covered are (1) cosmological weak gravitational lensing; (2) testing models of modified gravity and dark energy. In both cases the focus is on developing new techniques and applying them to large-scale surveys. The Fellows will join research groups led by John Peacock, Andrew Liddle, Andrew Taylor and Catherine Heymans. The lensing Fellow will develop innovative methods for the science analysis of the KiDS and Pan-STARRS surveys, and will also help develop advancedlensing techniques for ESA's Euclid satellite mission, in particular high-precision measurement of gravitational lensing shear. The modified gravity and dark energy work will concentrate on theoretical predictions for the development of small-scale structure in MG models, together with application to the GAMA and VIPERS redshift surveys, as well as to lensing data. The Fellows will have access to the IfA's 256-core cluster, and to supercomputers based at Edinburgh.
The appointments are for three years, with opportunities for renewal, starting April 1, 2013 with flexibility on the start date. Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Andrew Taylor (email@example.com). Applications must be made at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk, reference number 005622. Applicants should supply a CV, bibliography, plus a research proposal of up to three pages. Letters of recommendation from three referees should be sent directly by email to be sent directly by email to Prof Taylor by the closing date. Closing date: 15 December 2012. Salary Scale: Grade 7 £30,122 - £39,257 subject to performance.
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