Stanford University, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

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Position ID:Stanford-KIPAC-CMB [#27171]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Position at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with a focus on Cosmic Microwave Background
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stanford, California 94039, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/02/14, listed until 2024/06/07)
Position Description:    

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with a focus on instrumentation for Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) surveys. The position is primarily intended to focus on the development of technology for the CMB-S4 experiment, but also to expand our work with other CMB experiments such as the BICEP/Keck Array, the South Pole Telescope (SPT), and the Simons Observatory. Successful candidates may also contribute to the development of technologies and analysis methods in other areas of cosmology and physics.

We seek a candidate with experience in instrumentation development to work in the following areas: 1. Development of CMB-S4 instrumentation prototypes and software, especially in the area of superconducting transition-edge sensors and their SQUID-amplified readout. 2. Application of CMB detector and readout technology in new concepts for future far -infrared and line intensity mapping surveys, low-mass dark matter searches, THz photon sensing, and quantum sensors for physics.

Candidates with prior expertise in low temperature or superconducting detectors and readout electronics are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates interested in science analyses for cosmic inflation, CMB lensing and secondaries using data from current-generation CMB telescopes will have ample opportunities to engage with local expertise in related areas.

The successful candidate will work with CMB scientists in the aforementioned collaborations and interact with the local CMB and other HEP instrumentation groups, making connections to other exciting opportunities for measurements in cosmology and physics.  KIPAC provides a stimulating intellectual environment for interactions with scientists pursuing observational, experimental, computational, and theoretical research relevant to the above areas. For more information on KIPAC’s research program including CMB, please visit

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics. The positions are available immediately. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a description of research interests and skills using Academic Jobs Online: In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the reference writers through the Academic Jobs Online website.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Zeeshan Ahmed and Dr. Shawn Henderson. Additionally, several staff scientists and faculty are available to advise on this and related opportunities at KIPAC: Dr. Kirit Karkare, Dr. Kimmy Wu, Dr. Emmanuel Schaan, Dr. Noah Kurinsky, Professor Chao-Lin Kuo, and Professor Kent Irwin.

Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are affirmative action and equal opportunity employers, committed to increasing the diversity of their workforces.  We encourage applications from candidates from groups that are underrepresented in astrophysics and cosmology or who will bring additional dimensions to Stanford and SLAC’s research and educational missions.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
P.O. Box 20450
MS 29
Stanford, CA 94309