Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Gravitational Wave Cosmology

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022
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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Large Academic
Queen Mary University of London
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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Mile End Road
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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About the Role

A postdoctoral researcher in gravitational wave cosmology is sought to join the Cosmology and Relativity Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London. The successful applicant will work with the group of Dr. Tessa Baker as part of the ERC-funded programme SHADE. Aspects of the SHADE programme include (but are not limited to): development of dark siren techniques, theoretical work on gravitational waves (e.g. deviations from General Relativity, gravitational wave lensing), correlations with large-scale structure, simulations, and the relevance of such phenomena for current and future facilities. The successful applicant should have existing expertise in cosmology with gravitational waves, broadly defined, and be highly motivated to contribute to new developments in this area.

About You

To apply, you will need to have a PhD or a shortly expected PhD (thesis submitted by job commencement) in Physics or a closely related subject, and a history of publications and seminars appropriate to your career stage. Previous experience with gravitational wave data analyses or forecasts will be helpful.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End campus in London. It is a full-time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for two years, with an extension possible subject to performance. The expected start date is March – October 2023 (negotiable). The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,839 - £39,815 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

To Apply

You should include in your application: a CV, a statement of current skills and proposed research (no longer than two A4 sides), and a list of publications (please highlight up to five as the most relevant). Please include in your proposal your vision of how you would interact with the SHADE research team at QMUL.

Please consolidate all this information in a single PDF file and upload it as your CV in our online application system. Please be aware that the system will not prompt you to upload a separate research statement. You should also arrange for two letters of reference to be emailed to [email protected] by the application deadline.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Tessa Baker at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 20 7882 5867.

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The closing date for applications is 9th December 2022. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter. Late enquiries may be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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