Senior Research Associate in Supernova Cosmology

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Lancaster University
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Lancaster University Physics Department seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in supernova cosmology.

The work will make use of new data from the future Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), the future spectroscopic instrument 4MOST, and the Euclid mission (launched in July 2023). This position is particularly focused on the Time Domain Extragalactic Survey (TiDES) project, which will use 4MOST to obtain spectra of tens of thousands of transients discovered by LSST and other surveys.

In addition to assisting with the real-time operation of TiDES, the successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the following goals: (i) creating the first LSST+TiDES sample of Type Ia supernovae for cosmology, (ii) exploring correlations between supernova spectral features and luminosity, with the aim of reducing uncertainties in cosmological measurements, and (iii) collecting and analysing new data on host galaxies of supernovae, combining spectroscopy and optical-NIR imaging, to explore the connection between supernovae and their environments.

This position is funded for 3 years and comes with funding for travel and computing.

People with experience in optical/ NIR surveys for astronomical transients and in particular the use of Type Ia supernovae for cosmology are encouraged to apply. Experience with reduction and analysis of spectroscopic data is also desirable. 

Applications must be made online through the Lancaster University portal. You must have earned a PhD in astronomy or a related field by the start date.  You should submit (1) a curriculum vitae with publications list; (2) a statement describing your interest in and suitability for the position, not to exceed 2 pages; and (3) a list containing contact information for 3 reference letter writers. Letters of reference will be requested for shortlisted candidates.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$48,607USD to $56,315USD

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 05
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 04
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Professor Isobel Hook