Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fundamental Physics Directorate

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-Fundamental Physics Directorate-LSSTRA [#13778, LSST]
Position Title: Research Associate – Experimental at SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Experimental Astrophysics, Astrophysics (astro-ph), Cosmology
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/05/21, finished 2019/11/01, listed until 2019/07/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) group at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral Research Associate. Funding is available to fill this position immediately. SLAC is leading the design, construction, integration and commissioning of the 3.2 Gigapixel Camera for the LSST. The assembly and testing of the camera is proceeding at SLAC and will continue through the end of 2020. Camera hardware commissioning and science verification at the LSST observatory then continues through the end of 2022, the start of the 10-year survey.

Our group of ~20 scientists is seeking a broad, well qualified, individual to join in building, commissioning and characterizing the LSST camera. In addition to contributing to the construction of this unique instrument, the ideal candidate would also pursue a vigorous research program relevant to the success of the camera in meeting LSST’s science goals. Thus, a successful applicant would be expected to make significant contributions early on to the commissioning and verification effort and to develop a topic for their own research in preparation for, and using, the initial data from LSST.

The LSST group is part of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology, a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC. SLAC is the host for the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) and SLAC group members are actively pursuing a wide range of Dark Energy research.

Note: The Research Associate role is a fixed term staff position. This is a three year fixed-term appointment with the possibility of extension. Assignment duration is contingent upon project needs and funding.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

We seek a candidate with demonstrated accomplishment, a strong research background, and evidence of outstanding potential in instrumentation, experiment or observation. Candidates with a record of accomplishment in design, construction, and testing of instrumentation, including work in research areas outside of optical astronomy or cosmology, are urged to apply.

Candidates should have or be in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or another relevant field. Applicants must provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, publications list, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference. SLAC and Stanford especially encourages applications from candidates who will bring diversity to the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology. All applications should be submitted through the Academic Jobs Online website at The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position may be directed to Professor Aaron Roodman (

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:
2575 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park CA 94025