Duke University, Physics

Position ID:Duke-Physics-TROXELRS [#26058]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2024/06/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/10/04, listed until 2024/06/30)
Position Description:    

The cosmology group at Duke University invites applications for a research scientist position in the area of cosmology (experimental, observational and theoretical), time-domain and galaxy cluster astrophysics, and new techniques in statistical and image analysis. The cosmology group is composed of Profs. Arun Kannawadi, Dan Scolnic, Michael Troxel, Eve Vavagiakis and Chris Walter, working on current and next generation experiments, including CCAT, CMB-S4, the Dark Energy Survey, Hyper-Suprime Cam Subaru Strategic Program, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, the Rubin Observatory LSST, and the Simons Observatory. The Duke cosmology group currently consists of about ten PhD students and four postdocs or research scientists, and will continue to grow and expand. We are committed to building a group that is inclusive and representative of our community. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in physics departments.

This senior postdoctoral-level researcher would help to lead the OpenUniverse multi-institution image and survey simulation and calibration effort with Profs. Arun Kannawadi and Michael Troxel at Duke. This effort is meant to support and contribute to simulation resources relevant for any precision cosmology surveys, including the Roman Space Telescope and the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). They will also be a member of the weak lensing and the SN Ia Project Infrastructure Teams for the Roman project and contribute to preparing for Roman science. Funding for this position is expected to continue for at least four years, though applicants are not expected to commit to this full period.

This position has an initial appointment for two years, renewable upon mutual agreement and availability of funding. Position will generally be expected to begin by the start of the Fall 2024 Duke semester. Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the date of appointment in astronomy, physics, or a relevant field.

Applications received by December 15 will be guaranteed consideration, but applicants will continue to be reviewed until positions are filled. For positions that are mainly focused on simulation and software development, remote and/or hybrid work arrangements are possible.

Applicants should prepare a cover letter, a current CV and list of publications, a research statement of less than three pages describing past accomplishments and research goals and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. Applicants are encouraged to describe in their cover letter how their scholarship and experience would contribute to a diverse and inclusive community.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Durham, NC 27708