THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in COMPUTATIONAL 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 Dr Scott Kay on cosmological simulations of galaxy clusters.
You will play a leading role in the development of a new generation of high-resolution cluster simulations incorporating baryonic physics. Your main goal will be to develop more realistic cluster models incorporating AGN feedback, through confrontation with the current wealth of observational data. The simulations will be used to perform a detailed study on how the baryonic physics affects the formation and evolution of clusters, as well as to investigate their utility as a cosmological probe within the context of both current and future surveys (eg, with Planck, XMM-Newton, eROSITA and Euclid). The project forms part of the Virgo consortium’s overall program into the growth of cosmic structure and will make use of Virgo’s allocation of HPC resources on STFC’s DiRAC facility.
Knowledge and experience of some aspect of numerical simulations is 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 essential.
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