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Postdoc Position in Astrophysics at Imperial College London

Imperial College London, UK has an opening postdoc position in astrophysics. Potential candidates should apply before January 31, 2019.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on Bayesian analysis of cosmic shear and large-scale structure at the Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology (ICIC) hosted by the Astrophysics Group. The position is funded by a UKRI-STFC Consolidated Grant, and led by Prof Alan Heavens, Prof Andrew Jaffe, Dr Daniel Mortlock and Dr Florent Leclercq.

The main focus of the position is in building a Bayesian hierarchical model (BHM) of cosmic shear data, incorporating effects of redshift distribution uncertainty, complex mask shapes, nonlinear and non-gaussian evolution of the matter density field. It may develop to include galaxy clustering and galaxy-galaxy lensing. The aim is to have sophisticated BHMs built for the analysis of Euclid and LSST data in the early 2020s, andyou would be well-placed to join these consortia. You will be expected to help produce independent and original research within the ICIC, submit prominent publications to refereed journals and support the activities of the research group.

You will hold a PhD in Astrophysics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

In addition it would be desirable if you had relevant research experience in weak lensing.

This is a two year position in the first instance available from 1st April 2019

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

More information about the Department of Physics, the ICIC, and the Astrophysics Group can be found on our webpages.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Professor Alan Heavens, Director ICIC- a.heavens@imperial.ac.uk

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Louise Hayward, Group Administrator- l.hayward@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College's care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/


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