Northeastern University, College of Science/Physics/McCleary

Position ID:Northeastern University-College of Science/Physics/McCleary-PDF [#26465]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Astrophysics and Cosmology
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States
Subject Areas: Astrophysics & Cosmology
Astrophysics / Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astrophysics and Gravitational Physics, Cosmology, Dark Matter
Appl Deadline:2023/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/01, listed until 2024/05/01)
Position Description:    

Postdoctoral Researcher in Astrophysics and Cosmology 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position with the astrophysics and cosmology group in the Department of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic research group led by Professor Jacqueline McCleary, an expert in galaxy cluster weak gravitational lensing. Our group uses state-of-the-art algorithms to interpret data from ground-breaking new surveys, as well as exploring new applications for the statistical methods used in weak lensing analysis. 

Depending on their skill set and interest, the successful candidate could become involved in several high-profile projects:
  • The Superpressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT), a one-of-a-kind stratospheric observing platform that recently completed a 40-night observing campaign. 
  • The COSMOS-Web survey, a 255-hour treasury program conducted with the James Webb Space Telescope. 
  • The Local Volume Complete Cluster Survey (LoVoCCS), which uses the Dark Energy Camera to map the dark matter and galaxy distribution of all massive galaxy clusters in the local Universe. 
Located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern University offers abundant opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, including colleagues in the Department of Physics, the Department of Mathematics, the Khoury College of Computer Science, and the Boston-area Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions ( 

Qualifications & requirements 
  • PhD in physics, astrophysics, or related technical fields. 
  • Strong programming skills in Python and experience with data analysis (preferably astronomical imaging). 
  • A proven track record of research in weak gravitational lensing or related areas. 
  • Excellent written and oral scientific communication skills.
Application process 
Candidates should submit a CV including a list of publications, a 3–5-page statement of research interests and contact information for three references through the Academic Jobs Online application portal. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews and will have the opportunity to present their research remotely at an astrophysics and cosmology group meeting. Applications received by December 31st, 2023, will be given full consideration. However, the application will remain open until the position is filled. 

Employment information 
Term: minimum one year, renewable up to two additional years contingent on satisfactory research progress and continued availability of funding. Salary: $63,000-$66,000 plus support for travel and publication costs.

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