Research Associate in Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
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Large Academic
University of Bath
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University of Bath
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BA Bath
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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The Department of Physics at the University of Bath invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the STFC funded "Elimination of H0 Systematics with Novel Analysis Techniques" project. 

You will work with Dr Vicky Scowcroft, developing analysis techniques to combine observational data from current and upcoming facilities (eg. Gaia, JWST, etc) with stellar models to calibrate the local Cepheid and RR Lyrae distance scales. We will use these new calibrations to reduce the systematics in the standard candle distance ladder and the Hubble constant and addressing the current H0 tension.

We particularly welcome candidates with experience working with large observational datasets and/or backgrounds in cosmology or variable star research. Candidates with expertise in pipeline development, stellar modelling and/or statistics are especially encouraged to apply. You should hold a PhD in astrophysics (or a related discipline) or be close to award.

You will work alongside members of the Bath Astrophysics Group - their research interests include cosmology, galaxy structure and kinematics, time-domain astrophysics, stellar populations, star formation, and ISM conditions. Astrophysics group members can attend regular seminars and colloquia, and hold weekly group meetings and journal clubs where topics on cosmology and the local group are discussed alongside scientific developments from the broader field.

This is a fixed-term position for an initial period of 2 years, nominally from 1 April 2021.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Vicky Scowcroft (, however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website with:

  • a 2 page research statement
  • an up-to-date CV
  • a publications list
Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$46342.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$55289.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, May 31, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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