Fermilab, Particle Physics Division

1705 20995
Position ID:FNAL-Particle Physics Division-APRA [#20995]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Astrophysics – Dark Energy)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Physics, Astrophysics, particle astrophysics, Astronomy, Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2022/03/11 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/01/20, listed until 2022/03/11)
Position Description:    

*** the listing date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Open Date: January 20, 2022

Close Date: March 11, 2022


Postdoctoral Research Associate
(Astrophysics – Dark Energy)


Fermilab seeks outstanding applicants for a post-doctoral Research Associate position in cosmic survey science. This position is aimed at exceptional recent PhD recipients with a proven research record from prior experience in observational astrophysics and cosmology. Fermilab is the home institution of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which is performing world-leading measurements of dark energy and dark matter. In addition, Fermilab is actively involved in operation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and preparing for science with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). This post-doctoral position also provides the opportunity to participate in the development of new projects targeting dark energy, dark matter, and related detector R&D capitalizing on the broad range of scientific, computing, engineering, and technical expertise available at the laboratory.

The position is for a period of up to three (3) years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter. The position comes with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

As an organization, Fermilab is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive work environment that supports scientific, technological, and operational excellence. Successful candidates are expected to respect and value individual differences and support an equitable and inclusive laboratory environment. Minoritized individuals and candidates with non-traditional career paths are encouraged to apply.


  • Pursue the study of dark energy and/or dark matter with DES, LSST and/or DESI.
  • Publish scientific papers based on the analysis of cosmological data sets. 
  • Present work at scientific conferences, workshops, and reviews. 
  • Contribute to scientific activities at the Fermilab Cosmic Physics Center.


Qualifications and Essential Job Functions:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, or relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including presentations to large international scientific collaborations and conferences.


Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:

  • Cover letter summarizing your interest in the position
  • Research Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae that includes relevant experience
  • Publication List
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site). https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20995

For general information about this position, please contact Dr. Alex Drlica-Wagner at kadrlica@fnal.gov.


We Are:

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole!


Physical Activity and Work Conditions:

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, and Tight Work Schedule.

In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air carrier both domestically and internationally may be required.


Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.

All FRA employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation based on a medical condition/disability or a sincerely held religious belief


Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is critical to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hard-working people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510