Postdoctoral Research Associate in large-scale structure cosmology

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Edinburgh
Department Name: 
Institute for Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Royal Observatory
Street Line 2: 
Blackford Hill
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of large-scale structure cosmology. The successful candidate will join a new research group led by Dr Alex Hall at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Edinburgh.

The Opportunity:

The research aims of this position are to tackle key challenges in cosmology relevant to the Euclid mission and to contribute to the scientific analysis of data from Euclid. The position will have a particular focus on developing new analysis techniques for weak gravitational lensing and galaxy clustering to enhance measurements of Dark Energy and other extensions to the standard cosmological model.

The Euclid space telescope launched successfully in July 2023. A first major internal data release is expected in 2025 and first cosmology papers are planned for 2026, aligning well with the timeline of this 3-year position. The successful applicant will be expected to become an active member of the Euclid Consortium (

The position is fixed term, 3 years.

Application is via a CV, cover letter, and (optionally) a research proposal of up to 3 pages, uploaded to the UoE job application portal.

Salary:  £37,099 - £44,263 per annum

Start date: flexible; but not later than 1st Oct 2024.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Possess, or about to be awarded, a PhD in astronomy or a related scientific discipline.
  • Relevant research experience (3 years, including PhD) in cosmology or related fields, with excellent research-level understanding of the area.
  • Record of high-quality lead-author and co-authored refereed journal publications (relative to career stage).
  • Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative, and with the ability to think creatively.
  • Able to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.

Interviews will be held January 2024.

Included Benefits: 

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 8, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Alex Hall
University of Edinburgh
Department Name: 
Institute for Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Dr Alex Hall
Cosmology PDRA