Research Fellow in Cosmology Ref 10863

Post Title: Research Fellow in Cosmology
School/department: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: full time considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term until 31 March 2026 (36 months)
Reference: 10863
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part time current salary scales can be found here
Placed on:  3 April 2023
Closing date:  10 May 2023    Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: negotiable between 1 April 2023 and 1 October 2023

Job description

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in theoretical cosmology related to primordial black hole science at the University of Sussex.

You will primarily work on early universe physics and/or gravitational wave analysis related specifically to primordial black holes.

This position is one of seven funded by the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) under the Astronomy Centre’s consolidated grant. The Astronomy Centre has a fantastic combination of theoretical, numerical and observational expertise, focused on extragalactic science (see You will automatically be considered for one of the seven similar vacant positions in the Department of Physics and Astronomy if you meet the person specification selection criteria.

Successful candidates will be expected to assist in the teaching and supervision of students within the group.

 A CV, including publication list, and statement of research interests and skills should be included with your application. Candidates should also supply the names and email addresses of 2 or 3 referees.

Please contact Dr Christian Byrnes ( or Dr Stephen Wilkins ( for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification 10863 [PDF 187.31KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship if full time. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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