Harvard CMB Group, Harvard University

Position ID:Harvard-CMBGroup-PD [#8437]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / GR-Cosmology (gr-qc)
Scientific Computing
Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Starting Date:2017/01/01
Appl Deadline:2016/12/15 finished (posted 2016/10/28, finished 2017/04/24, listed until 2017/04/28)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Harvard CMB group invites applications for three Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow positions to pursue research related to cosmic microwave background measurements with the BICEP Array telescopes.  The multi-institutional BICEP program produces extremely deep maps of polarization of the CMB at multiple frequencies from the South Pole, measuring gravitational lensing and galactic foregrounds and placing leading constraints on primordial gravitational waves.  The BICEP Array project is upgrading the current program with new instrumentation to include over 30,000 detectors and five frequency bands, to be deployed and operated over the next five years. The program will continue to produce maps with groundbreaking sensitivity, while validating technologies and methodologies essential to stage 3 and stage 4 CMB science goals. A major focus is analysis of current and upcoming BICEP data, including joint analysis with external datasets, to continue to improve lensing measurements, component separation, and constraints on primordial cosmology.

Successful candidates will play a variety of leading roles spanning BICEP Array receiver and telescope design, deployment and operation, real time control code, optimization of data reduction and simulation on leading HPC infrastructure at Harvard and NERSC, and development of high-level analyses for survey combination and cosmological interpretation. Applicants should indicate which roles best match their experience and interest. Successful candidates will actively represent this research at conferences and take leading roles in preparation of results for publication. The postdoctoral fellow positions offer a highly competitive salary, an independent research fund and an allowance for relocation expense. The position will be renewed annually based on satisfactory performance, for an expected total length of three years. Joint appointments with collaborating institutions are possible and may be considered on a case by case basis.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2016 at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8437. Applications will be accepted after this date until all positions are filled.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, publication list and a description of past research and future plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted. Start dates may be between January and September 2017, with earlier starts desirable; applicants should have a PhD before the anticipated start date. Harvard University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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Further Info:
617 496-0611
Harvard CMB Group
Harvard Astronomy Department
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS42
Cambridge, MA 02138

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