Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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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
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Blackford Hill
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

We announce a 3-year postdoctoral position at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Edinburgh aimed at promising early-career researchers in cosmology. The applicant should be highly motivated to contribute to fundamental cosmological research. The successful candidate will join the group headed by Dr Florian Beutler (funded through an ERC grant) working on galaxy clustering with particular focus on Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO), Redshift-space distortions (RSD) and tests of inflation through primordial non-Gaussianity and primordial features.

The main focus will be on contributions to the data analysis of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). Starting in 2021 DESI will, in a 5-year observing campaign, collect 30 to 40 million galaxy spectra, surpassing existing datasets (e.g. BOSS with 1 million spectra) by more than an order of magnitude. The experiment is expected to contribute to the detection of the sum of the neutrino masses, map the expansion history of the Universe through BAO, test early Universe (inflation) models and probe gravity on cosmic scales.

As a member of the DESI collaboration you are expected to attend DESI collaboration meetings, participating in DESI observing runs (no prior observing experience needed; currently limited by COVID) and attend international workshops and meetings to present and advertise the results.

As recognized by our Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver awards, the School is committed to advancing gender equality and we aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working. We recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be made to Florian Beutler.

The post is offered on a full time basis, salary UE07 (£33,797 to £40,322 pa)

Closing date is 5pm on October 15, 2020.

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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