Postdoctoral Research Assistant Cosmology and Relativity

Queen Mary University of London School of Physics and Astronomy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Cosmology & Relativity Group 

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23075
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 28-Sep-2020
Closing date: 16-Nov-2020


About the Role

A highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the Cosmology and Relativity Group in the Astronomy Unit, School of Physics and Astronomy, at Queen Mary University of London. The applicant should be able and enthusiastic to contribute to new developments at the interface of gravitational wave science and cosmology. The successful researcher will join the group led Dr. Tessa Baker, as part of the ERC-funded programme SHADE.

A major focus of the position will be to develop the tool of gravitational wave statistical host identification, a new technique to extract information from gravitational wave sources that lack electromagnetic counterparts. Aspects of this could include (non-exhaustive list): developing theoretical predictions for gravitational wave sources, including the effects of deviations from General Relativity; modelling the galaxies that typically host gravitational wave events; simulation and detection of gravitational wave signals and their electromagnetic counterparts. This work will have important applications for cosmology and tests of gravity with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), and ground-based gravitational wave detectors.

General information about the School can be found at and about the Astronomy Unit at .

The position is available on for three years, with the possibility of a further one-year extension subject to review. A starting date between 1st February 2021 and 1st October 2021 is negotiable.

About You

To apply, you will need to have (or be close to completing) a PhD in Physics, Mathematics or a related subject, and a history of publications and seminars appropriate to your career stage. Existing expertise in gravitational wave science (broadly defined) is strongly desirable.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), 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 at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End campus, London. It is a full-time, fixed term appointment for three years, with a possible one year extension subject to performance. A start date between 1st February 2021 - 1st October 2021 is expected. The starting salary is Grade 4, in the range £34,220 - £38,084 per annum, including London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Tessa Baker at

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

The closing date for applications is 16th November 2020.

Interviews will be held in early December 2020.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to hold Institute of Physics JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status; we have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strongly encourage applications from and all under-represented groups - see for details.

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