We invite applications for observational and theoretical postdoctoral positions within the broad area of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at Durham University. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in the following areas: numerical simulations of structure formation, dark energy and modified gravity, dark matter, gravitational lensing, cluster physics, the Milky Way, near-field cosmology, galaxy surveys, properties of the intergalactic medium, spatially resolved and multiwavelength studies of galaxies, star formation, and multi-wavelength studies of AGN and other compact accreting systems. However, excellent candidates with interests outside of these areas are also encouraged to apply.
We expect to recruit to postdoctoral positions supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and the UK Research Innovation (UKRI). All positions are for up-to 3 years, subject to funding. Specific details of the current vacancies can be found at http://www.astro.dur.ac.uk.
Durham University hosts one of Europe's largest and most active research groups working in the fields of observational and theoretical extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, and instrumentation. Currently we have 33 permanent members of academic staff, around 100 postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students, and several research-active emeritus staff. We have access to all UK national observing facilities, including ESO, ALMA and ESA, and membership of the KMOS, NuSTAR, XRISM, LOFAR, PAUS, and MOONS teams. Durham is also a partner of the DESI, 4MOST, Euclid, LSST, JCMT, HARMONI, and e-MERLIN collaborations and surveys. We are part of the Virgo Consortium and host extensive supercomputing resources, including the "Cosmology Machine", some of which is part of the DiRAC national supercomputing facility. Further information may be found at http://www.astro.dur.ac.uk.
The Department of Physics is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. It is pledged to the Athena SWAN charter, where we hold a silver award, and has the status of IoP Juno Champion. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from members of the community that are under-represented in physics. Durham University provides a range of benefits including pension, shared parental leave policy, and childcare provision and will assist with potential schooling requirements. If you have shown a commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and/or access, then please indicate this on your CV or covering letter.
For all posts salaries are on the Grade 7 scale, which is currently in the range £33,797-£40,322. Research support will be at standard UK rates. The starting dates are negotiable.
Please submit a CV and publication list (no strict page limit), covering letter (of about 1 page), research statement (no more than 3 pages), and the details of three academic referees to the Academic Jobs Online website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/17035. Please briefly summarise in your covering letter your research interests and identify, when possible, the position(s) you are intersted in or the staff member(s) whose expertise most overlaps with your interests.
To ensure full consideration complete applications, including references, need to be received by 14th December 2020.