Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

508 16329
Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-DESIPROSCI [#16329, 90185]
Position Title: DESI Project Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Astrophysics (astro-ph), Cosmology, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), High Energy Physics, Physics, Computational physics
Appl Deadline:2020/06/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/05/04, listed until 2020/11/04)
Position Description:    

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a DESI Project Scientist to focus on refining the fiber assignment and survey planning software for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) research group.

What You Will Do:

  • Maintain and execute the fiber assignment code to produce fiber assignment catalogs during DESI operations.

  • Develop quality assurance tests for those catalogs, and validate each fiber assignment catalog based upon the quality assurance tests.

  • Modify and track the instrument definition files used during fiber assignment, ensuring reproducibility of those selections.

  • Work with the focal plane instrumentation team to develop or improve existing software tools needed to operate the focal plane.

  • Conduct research within the DESI collaboration working groups.

  • Contribute to research papers for publication.

  • Present research findings at seminars and conferences.

  • Participate in observing shifts at Kitt Peak National Observatory and work with lead observers or as a lead observer.  This may include night-time shifts up to 7 consecutive nights.  Note, location altitude is approximately 6800 feet.

What is Required: 

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or closely related discipline with experience in Astronomical data processing or equivalent related experience.

  • A minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral fellow experience (or equivalent) and strong computing skills applied to low-level data processing such as image analysis and spectroscopic data reduction.

  • Strong knowledge of Python. 

What We Prefer: 

  • Experience with C++ and relational databases.

  • Experience git, python package management.

  • Experience conducting observations on professional telescopes.

  • Experience with low-level astronomical data processing (images or spectroscopy).

  • Open source software contributions.

Berkeley Lab values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion, which are keys to attracting and engaging the brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations ( Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 1, 2020.

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: 

  1. Statement of Interest.

  2. Curriculum Vitae.

  3. Reference Letters - Arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference submitted online by the reference writers at this site, with at least one external to LBNL/UC Berkeley.


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year, Term appointment with the possibility of extension for a total of 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA however due to business needs travel may be required to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona as needed.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Application Materials Required:
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