University of Michigan, Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics

Position ID:UofM-Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics-PD1 [#18527]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Dark Energy Experiment
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, United States [map]
Subject Areas: experimental particle physics or experimental astrophysics
Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2021/06/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/04/26, listed until 2021/10/26)
Position Description:   URMs  

How to Apply 

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae and statement of research interests, as well as arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded, via Academic Jobs Online (AJO). The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until filled. For full consideration please submit your application by June 1 2021. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Marcelle Soares-Santos ( 

Job Summary 

The experimental cosmology group at the University of Michigan invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in the area of dark energy. 

The successful applicant will play a major role in operations on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) survey and in our instrumentation program towards future experiments. The successful candidate will further have the opportunity to take on a leading role in analyses aiming at precision measurements from cosmological probes such as gravitational-wave multi-messenger events. 

With access to data products from DESI as well as state-of-the art imaging surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the upcoming Vera Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST DESC), this position represents a great opportunity for a young scientist to build a competitive research portfolio. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research group in one of the leading physics departments with strong contributions in experimental and theoretical particle physics and astrophysics. We are proud to promote the career development of our postdocs, providing a supportive environment to grow into leadership roles and advance towards specific career goals. 

Expected start date is at the earliest convenience. In exceptional circumstances, two hires can be made. 

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD, or expect to obtain one, before their start date. A good understanding of the methods and techniques used in experimental particle physics and/or observational astronomy is essential, enthusiasm to go beyond existing experience is highly valued. Necessary skills are the ability to perform independent research, good written and oral communication, and the willingness to travel. Knowledge of common software and research tools (python, c++, latex etc) is expected. 

Additional Information

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U-M EEO/AA Statement 

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Further Info:
University of Michigan
Physics Department
450 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040

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