Research Associate in Weak Lensing Cosmology (Ref:1726840)

29 May 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL Space Science Laboratory)  to join a team working on Euclid.  Euclid is the European Space Agency’s next space telescope, due for launch in 2021, whose primary science objective is to determine the nature of dark energy using weak lensing and galaxy clustering measurements.

This position is an opportunity to develop a key part of the Euclid weak lensing cosmology analysis. UCL (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) leads the development of the Euclid visible instrument and co-lead the Euclid weak lensing science working group. UCL is also a member of LSST, and KiDS imaging surveys. The main goals of this project are to develop a small-scale model of the matter power spectrum, including baryonic feedback and intrinsic alignment effects that is a key dependency for all forthcoming weak lensing cosmology analyses, as part of the Euclid weak lensing cosmological likelihood code. This project will involve collaboration with the Euclid Consortium, and other researchers at UCL.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL is the UK's largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments.

Key Requirements

The post holder should hold a Ph.D in a relevant area and have expertise in cosmology.  The successful candidate must also be able to demonstrate a methodical approach to work and keen attention to detail.  They must also require a good working knowledge of Python and C++.  A willingness to travel and a commitment to high quality, interdisciplinary research is essential.

Further Details

The Department is family friendly and applications would be welcome from applicants seeking part-time opportunities.

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please visit the UCL Jobs site

UCL Department / Division: Space & Climate Physics
Location of position: Dorking
Hours: Full Time
Salary:£31,604 to £38,833 per annum

If you have specific queries regarding the post contact Dr Tom Kitching (t.kitching@ucl.ac.uk). For queries regarding the application process, please contact Suzanne Winter (s.winter@ucl.ac.uk).

More information can be found from this website https://weaklensing-cosmology.org

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

16 Jul 2018

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