THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in THEORETICAL COSMOLOGY
Salary: £29,837 to £36,661 per annum
The position is based within the Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology research group, part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), and you will be working with Professor Richard Battye on modeling perturbations in dark energy and modified gravity.
You will play a leading role in development of novel approaches to model perturbations in dark energy and modified gravity for application in cosmological analyses. At present there are plethora of dark energy and modified gravity models in the literature with very different predictions for cosmological observables such as the CMB and cosmic shear power spectra. We have developed an approach model their effects using equations of state for the perturbations. Your main objectives will be to make further developments in the theory and to apply them to state of the art observational data, or make forecasts for future observations.
Knowledge and experience of some aspect of theoretical cosmology and the connections with observations are essential. You must also hold or be about to obtain a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You will have a demonstrable track record in communicating your research in both written and oral form. Excellent programming skills (eg, in C/C++, IDL, Python etc.) are also highly desirable.
This position is funded by the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), as part of the JBCA’s Consolidated Grant award. The appointment is available from 1 April 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is for a period of two years with the possibility of renewal.
The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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Closing date: 31 January 2014