The Department of Physics invites applications for a postdoctoral research assistant position in the area of cosmology (with emphasis on probing the dark universe from weak gravitational lensing) with Prof Lance Miller, Dr Jo Dunkley, and Prof Pedro Ferreira. Our theoretical programme includes large-scale structure, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, cosmic background radiation anisotropy and non-baryonic dark-matter signatures; we are also involved in a range of related observational cosmology projects including CFHTLenS, KiDS, ACTPol, Planck, FASTSOUND, HETDEX, Euclid, and the SKA.
Miller, Dunkley, and Ferreira are centrally involved in understanding the Dark Sector of the universe, and this position will focus on the use of gravitational lensing. To make progress in this area the applicant will contribute to our efforts of confronting theories with data, analysing and exploiting weak gravitational lensing measurements from galaxy surveys, and cross-correlations with CMB lensing measurements, to probe the evolution of cosmic structure. Data from surveys including KiDS, CFHTLens, and ACTPol will be used, together with preparatory work for Euclid and other future lensing measurements.
The appointment is initially for 2 years commencing in 1 October 2013 and is based in Oxford Astrophysics.
The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics and should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group.
The postholder would be situated in the Beecroft Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (BIPAC) in the Department of Physics with other researchers and faculty members who work in those research areas. In addition to the specific work on analysis and theoretical work targeted at understanding the Dark Universe through gravitational lensing, the applicant would be expected and encouraged to develop their own research programme in the area of cosmology.
Salary will be within the range Grade 7, £29,249 – 35,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. A benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be provided.
Only applications received by midday on Thursday 31 January 2013 can be considered. Further information on how to apply can be found in the job description and person specification at the following link: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.j...