Research Assistant/Associate in CMB Cosmology (Fixed Term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first
The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge, invites applications for a
postdoctoral researcher position in cosmic microwave background (CMB)
cosmology to work within Anthony Challinor's group. The research will be
focused on scientific interpretation of the first temperature and polarization
data from the Simons Observatory and its combination with other CMB and large-
scale structure datasets.
The IoA provides a vibrant research environment in cosmology. The
interdepartmental Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge (KICC) is co-
located on the IoA site, fostering connections with other groups conducting
complementary cosmological research across Cambridge.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue independent and
collaborative research, develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty,
other postdoctoral researchers, and research students, and actively contribute
to the life of the department and of KICC. They will disseminate their
research findings via publications or other appropriate media, such as
international workshops and conferences. They will be encouraged to
participate in the teaching and learning programmes of the department as well
as in the supervision of postgraduate research students and outreach events.
For the present position, expertise in the analysis of CMB data, or other
cosmological datasets, would be particularly valuable. Candidates with
experience of CMB lensing, CMB polarization or cluster cosmology may be of
Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field, or have satisfied
the requirements for the PhD, by the time of appointment. Applicants must
possess a scientific publication record and a clear outline of current and
future research areas of interest. Applicants must have excellent
communication and computing skills.
A successful candidate who has not been awarded their PhD will be under
appointed at Grade 5 (Research Assistant - £27,116 to £31,406 per annum) and
upon award, promoted to Grade 7 (Research Associate - £33,309 to £40,927 per
The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and
students. The Institute particularly welcomes applications from women and/or
candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-
represented. We have an active Equality and Diversity Committee which
continually works to further the aims of the Athena SWAN charter. The
University has several family-friendly policies and initiatives, including a
returning-carer scheme, childcare costs support, university workplace
nurseries, university holiday play-schemes, and a shared parental-leave
policy. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment
for researchers, the IoA ensures that should parental leave be needed during
the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to
compensate for the parental leave taken.
Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment
system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Please submit your application by 23:59 GMT of the closing date of Wednesday
22nd December 2021. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions
and be aware that referees will be asked to supply reference letters by 4th
January 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms
Joy McSharry (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquires may be addressed to
Professor Anthony Challinor (a.d.challinor(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).
Please quote reference LG29153 on your application and in any correspondence
about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible
to live and work in the UK.
Institute of Astronomy
£27,116 - £31,406
or £33,309 - £40,927
23 November 2021
22 December 2021