Johns Hopkins University, Physics and Astronomy - IDIES

Position ID:Johns Hopkins University-Physics and Astronomy - IDIES-POSTDOC [#13277]
Position Title: Schmidt Postdoctoral Research positions
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Baltimore, Maryland 21218, United States
Subject Area: Computer Science / Big Data
Appl Deadline:2019/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/02/12, finished 2020/06/21, listed until 2019/12/31)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for two Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellowships, as part of a new initiative funded by the Schmidt Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to optimize the scientific productivity of proposed surveys with the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) on the Subaru telescope through innovative machine learning approaches to survey design, operations and data analysis (survey science observations are expected to start in 2021). We seek intellectually ambitious, self-motivated candidates with demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Expertise in both machine learning and one of the main areas of astrophysics of the surveys would be ideal. The two surveys of most interest for this new initiative are Galactic Archaeology, targeting field stars in the Milky Way, satellite dwarf galaxies and in M31, and Galaxy Evolution, targeting galaxies at intermediate redshifts. An overview of the science case for PFS can be found in Further information on the activities in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Center for Astrophysical Sciences at JHU can be found at and at

Applications will be considered as they arrive, until the positions are filled, but applications should preferably arrive before May 1, 2019. They should be submitted at and consist of a curriculum vitae, publication list and a description of past research (limit 3 pages) and future plans (limit 3 pages). Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through Applicants should have a PhD before the anticipated start date (to be decided by mutual agreement, on or before September 1, 2019). Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The Fellowships offer a competitive salary and benefits. JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Questions may be directed to Alex Szalay at

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Johns Hopkins University
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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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