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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

  • Department/Location: Department of Physics, and Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • Reference: KA29237
  • Catergory: Research
  • Published: 29 November 2021
  • Closing Date: 10 January 2022

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Two positions are open, at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and Department of Physics of the University of Cambridge, for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Evolution.

The aim of the roles is to work in collaboration with the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino and of a new lecturer (who will be announced shortly) on the analysis and interpretation of observational data to investigate the physical processes driving galaxy evolution (including their interplay with black hole accretion) , also through comparison with cosmological simulations and theoretical models. In particular, it is expected that the successful applicants will contribute to the analysis and interpretation of data coming from observing facilities and surveys that the team has been actively exploiting, such as ALMA, ESO-VLT, SDSS4-MANGA, and also from forthcoming observing facilities in which the team is heavily involved, such as JWST and MOONS@VLT. More information about the research activities of the team can be found at: and .

The successful candidates will hold a PhD in Astronomy, or Astrophysics, or Physics, or a closely related discipline.

They should have a proven track record in research in the area of galaxy formation and evolution as demonstrated by publications in major journals and have the ability to pursue scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience and knowledge in software packages, python or other scripting programming languages, astronomical data analysis, interpretation and comparison with cosmological simulations and/or theoretical models.

The applicant will also need to demonstrate the ability to write reports, have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and be able to manage their own workload.

The candidate should also have organisational, communication and team working skills.

The post holder will be located at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, and at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Starting date: Flexible between April and October 2022.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and Statement of Research Interests (two pages maximum) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date, Monday 10th January 2022.

The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Monday, 17th January 2022.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Roberto Maiolino ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference KA29237 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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