UCL Department of Space & Climate Physics
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Salary will be in the range £29,837 - £36,661
Start Date: 1st December 2014
Location: Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, UK
We are seeking an experienced postdoctoral researcher in cosmology to make key contributions to the Euclid weak lensing science programme. Euclid is a paradigm-changing ESA satellite mission. It will survey 75% of the extra-galactic sky in optical and near infra-red bands, resulting in resolved observations of 1.5 billion galaxies for weak lensing measurements. This will enable the expansion history and growth of structure to be mapped to unprecedented accuracy allowing definitive statements on the nature of dark energy to be made, and to test Einstein gravity on cosmic scales. The PDRA will work with Dr Thomas Kitching, co-chair of the Weak Lensing Working Group and one of four core-science coordinators within the Euclid consortium. This postdoctoral position is funded through a targeted UK STFC grant designed to provide science support for Euclid and will enable the applicant to make key contributions to the weak lensing science in Euclid. Specifically, the PDRA will define the calibration strategy for the weak lensing shape measurement, and will develop a cosmological weak lensing likelihood pipeline. They will also develop methods for combining weak lensing and galaxy clustering measurements to make joint cosmological constraints.
Candidates should hold, or expect to hold, a Ph.D or equivalent qualification. Evidence of expertise and scholarship in weak lensing, large-scale structure and cosmology is also essential.
The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance and is available from 1st December 2014.
MSSL is the UK’s largest university based space science research institution and is involved in many leading space research mission (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl).
Interviews will be held from 6-17 October 2014.