Research Fellow in Inflationary Cosmology

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Faculty of Technology

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation


Research Fellow in Inflationary Cosmology


Employment type:  Fixed-term (3 years)

Employment basis: Full-time

Salary:  £35,845 – 39,152 per annum 

Post number:  ZZ004016

Date published: 07 December 2020

Closing date: 11 January 2021

Interview date:  26 January 2021

Estimated start date:  01 October 2021


The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) intends to appoint an STFC-funded Research Fellow in Inflationary Cosmology.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team at the ICG led by Prof David Wands and will undertake individual and collaborative research, supporting an STFC project investigating models of inflation and the origin of primordial density perturbations.

A PhD degree and relevant research experience are required. This post is for three years, with an anticipated start date of 1st September 2021, or earlier by agreement.

The ICG consists of 17 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Dark Energy Survey, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Collaboration and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, with involvement in several other major international collaborations, including the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, the Square Kilometre Array, ESA’s Euclid satellite mission and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. We are happy to consider applications from candidates wishing to work part-time, job-share or who wish to work flexibly, if so please indicate your proposed working pattern in your application.  The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards; we are committed to developing organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality and create a better working environment for women and men.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement) should be submitted via the online application system at by the closing date.  Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to, to arrive by the same date. It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s online application system.

For informal enquiries about this role please contact Professor David Wands, email:

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

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All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 11, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 11, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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