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Research Assistant/Associate in Cosmology

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum
  • REF: 15522
  • Closes: 17th April 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Research Assistant : £28,756 – £30,497 per annum
Research Associate : £31,406 – £40,927 per annum

Closing Date:17 April2022

The Role

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (MSP) at Newcastle University is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant/Associate in Cosmology to join an exciting STFC-funded research program managed by Dr Cora Uhlemann.

The project aims at harnessing the power of the large-scale structure as a laboratory for fundamental physics. Deriving the most competitive constraints will require us to harvest additional information beyond standard two-point statistics from galaxy surveys like Euclid. You will work on non-Gaussian statistics that dissect different density environments to unlock additional information on dark energy, neutrinos and galaxy bias by using galaxy clustering and weak lensing.

You will build on your experience in modelling nonlinear effects for galaxy clustering or weak lensing and/or the analysis of galaxy survey data. Within the project, you will perform theoretical modelling and data analysis and disseminate your work through publications and presentations at scientific meetings. You will become a member of a dedicated local research group, contributing to the research planning and implementation and join the international Euclid consortium.

In addition to project-specific activities, you will be encouraged to pursue your own independent research and training. Furthermore, you may engage in outreach activities, particularly those designed to increase accessibility and inclusion to science.

You will join the growing cosmology and astronomy groups at Newcastle University, which has wider expertise in cosmology and galaxy evolution. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from community members that are under-represented in physics. If you have demonstrable experience in showing a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion then please outline this in your application.

The position is offered on a fixed term basis for 36 monthsfrom start date, or tenable until the project end date, whichever is soonest. We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working. Generous funds are available for travel, training and other support. Start dates and flexible working are negotiable.

To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter, please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below, and highlight any expertise relevant to the described project.

For all information enquiries, please contact Dr Cora Uhlemann via email: cora.uhlemann@newcastle.ac.uk.

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Key Accountabilities

The main duties and responsibilities are as follows:

• Conduct the theoretical modelling, data analysis and research along the lines of the programme of the funded project.
• Work successfully in an interdisciplinary research team, with wider collaborators and within the Euclid collaboration to publish world-leading research.
• Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form.
• Contribute to the positive culture and general strengths of the research group and the School; for example, through supervision of project students, organising/ participating in research events as well as participation in outreach and leading initiatives to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
• Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Excellent technical skills in theoretical modelling and/or data analysis that can be applied to the aims of the project and the specific aspects of the positions listed under ‘The role’.
• A track record of high quality research outputs related to the goals of the project (e.g., publications, software, research tools etc.)
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write research publications, and to effectively communicate results to the scientific community.
• A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career
• Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals in collaboration with other academics(Desirable)
• Experience in creating and/or delivering activities designed to promote science to the general public and/or to make science more accessible and inclusive(Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

• Ability to work independently using own initiative and to meet deadlines.
• Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings and working on joint research projects.
• High level analytical and problem-solving capability.
• Ability to set own research goals, be self-motivated and proactive.
• Commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work.
• An interest in the (co-)supervision of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students(Desirable)
• Demonstrable commitment to promoting a positive and healthy research culture (e.g., by actively supporting/mentoring students, supporting initiatives to improve the work environment etc.) (Desirable)


• PhD awarded (or be nearing completion) in a relevant discipline
• Honours Degree in a relevant discipline

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