Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology
Queen Mary University of London School of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology 

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23074
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 22-Sep-2020
Closing date: 16-Nov-2020


School of Physics and Astronomy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology (QMUL23074) 

About the Role

The School is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio Cosmology to work with Dr Phil Bull on the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA; and MeerKAT ( radio telescopes. The position is supported by an ERC Starting Grant.

The successful applicant will play a major role in analysing HERA and MeerKAT data for cosmology. This will involve developing statistical data analysis and simulation tools, including parallelised/GPU-enabled visibility simulations and new high-dimensional statistical inference methods. These will be used to support HERA and MeerKAT instrumental calibration, separate the 21cm signal from foregrounds, and characterise instrumental parameters and systematic effects.

About You

Applicants should have a strong research track record within astronomy, cosmology, or related fields, ideally in areas that involve one or more of: the development and application of statistical techniques; HPC and/or GPU programming; cosmological/instrumental simulations; and radio data analysis. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, cosmology, or equivalent. Experience in similar types of data analysis is desirable but not essential, and we will consider applicants with a broad range of skills.

About the School

Queen Mary University of London is a leading university in the UK, with a breadth of excellence across Science and Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Social Sciences. This position is based in the Astronomy Unit within the School of Physics and Astronomy, which hosts world-leading research groups in cosmology, gravitation, planetary science, and space plasma physics.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, 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.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, fixed-term appointment for 3 years (subject to renewal in Y2), with an expected start date of 1st September 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Phil Bull (

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

Applications must include a CV, publication list, and statement of past and current research (approx. 3 pages). Please include one or more links to examples of scientific code that you have written as part of your publication list. Applicants should arrange for at least one, and ideally three, reference letters to be sent to to arrive by the deadline.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th November 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held on 30th November 2020 or shortly thereafter.

The School of Physics and Astronomy and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics, which affirms our commitment to promoting an inclusive working environment. We are committed to equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers.

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