Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Manchester
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Job reference: SAE-020374

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Salary: £34,308-£42,155 per annum, depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: Full time

Contract duration: Available from September/October 2023 until August-December 2025


Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology.


You will play an important role in analysing MeerKAT 21cm data for cosmology, with a further opportunity to contribute to the HERA project and 21cm global signal projects as well. The former will involve developing and applying statistical data analysis and simulation tools, particularly map-making codes and associated foreground removal methods, to current and forthcoming data from a MeerKAT autocorrelation (single-dish) 21cm intensity mapping survey, MeerKLASS. A key goal of this research is to introduce more sophisticated Bayesian statistical approaches to the map-making process, as well as studying and mitigating important systematic effects such as foreground contamination, calibration errors, and similar. Contributing to HERA data analysis and global signal experimental design along similar lines will also be possible.


The successful applicant is expected to have prior experience in statistical data analysis for astronomy, ideally for radio astronomy, CMB map-making, RF/antenna design or similar. The role will report into Dr Phil Bull, who leads a vibrant radio cosmology group specialising in 21cm intensity mapping.


Along with your application, you should submit a single file (PDF) containing your CV; a list of publications; and statement of relevant past research and future research plans (ideally 2 pages, although 3 will be accepted).


The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access through contributing to the University’s social responsibility agenda, demonstrating a commitment to its policies, activities and delivery of initiatives including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The Department has held JUNO Champion status since 2016 for its commitment to achieving gender equality which positively promotes inclusivity for all.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. Appointment will be made on merit and equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the Recruiting Manager and panel.


We support applications from those returning from a career break and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.


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Blended working arrangements may be considered.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Phil Bull

Email: [email protected]


General enquiries:

Email: [email protected]


Technical support:


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the 4 January 2022.


Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


· SAE-020374 Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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