Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University

765 7609
Fellowship ID:Stanford-KIPAC-POSTDOC [#7609]
Fellowship Title: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford and SLAC
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2016/11/07 finished (posted 2016/08/09, finished 2017/07/13, listed until 2016/11/07)

*** this fellowship has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks recent Ph.D. scientists of exceptional promise for postdoctoral fellowships in astrophysics, cosmology, and extrasolar planetary science. These positions offer opportunities to develop innovative research programs in these areas using computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical approaches. Existing research programs at KIPAC include studies of dark energy, cosmic dynamics and structure formation, probing inflation with Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiments, searches for dark matter, and studies of black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, stars (including the sun), extrasolar planets, and other astrophysical sources, as well as studies of particle acceleration in the cosmic setting. KIPAC members are involved in several cosmic surveys including DES, DESI, Euclid, WFIRST, and LSST; CMB experiments including BICEP/Keck Array, the South Pole Telescope, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, and LiteBIRD; dark matter experiments including CDMS/SuperCDMS, LUX, LZ, and hidden photon dark matter searches with DM radio; gamma-ray and X-ray missions including the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, NuSTAR, and Athena; CO intensity mapping; High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics; and studies of extra-solar planets including the Gemini Planet Imager and WFIRST. KIPAC offers access to excellent laboratory facilities for instrument development and significant computational resources for theoretical astrophysics research and data analysis. KIPAC typically appoints more than ten postdoctoral fellows per year. The positions offer excellent salary and benefits and are generally made for a term of three years. Up to two fellows will be appointed each year as Kavli Fellows and one as a Porat Fellow. These independent fellowships include additional funds to support research and travel expenses. Candidates should have or expect to have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by Fall 2017. They should possess a strong research background and provide evidence of future potential. We especially encourage applications from candidates that will diversify the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology. Applicants will automatically be considered for all available postdoctoral opportunities at KIPAC. Specific opportunities may also be listed on our webpage at: https://kipac-web.stanford.edu/new-postdocs Please submit your application materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7609. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a 3-page statement of research interests, and a publication list, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 7, 2016. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee. More information about KIPAC can be found at http://kipac.stanford.edu.

In addition to the KIPAC, Kavli and Porat fellowships there are also specific opportunities in the following areas:

CMB:The SLAC/Stanford/KIPAC CMB group is searching for excellent postdoctoral candidates in several areas (1) inflation-search analysis of multi-frequency datasets from the BICEP/Keck program in conjunction with external datasets (e.g. Planck, WMAP, SPTpol) (2) advanced instrumentation for next-generation CMB experiments BICEP Array, Simons Observatory and CMB-S4 (3) development and integration of custom electronics and a cold-to-warm readout architecture for microwave-interrogated detector schemes eg. microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) or transition edge sensors (TES) coupled to microwave SQUIDs. Successful candidates will have a track record of expertise and ingenuity relevant to at least one of these areas, but will have latitude to extend their research into other areas of our CMB program. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Zeesh Ahmed.

LSST Camera: The LSST group at SLAC and KIPAC is seeking an outstanding individual to join our group in building and characterizing the LSST camera. SLAC is leading the design, construction and integration of the 3.2 giga-pixel Camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the assembly and system testing of the camera will occur at SLAC. The ideal candidate would take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to the construction of this unique instrument, and would pursue a vigorous research program relevant to the success of the camera in meeting LSST’s science goals. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity for research related to the science anticipated with the LSST.

Numerical simulations and modeling of cosmic surveys: Risa Wechsler's group at KIPAC/Stanford/SLAC is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate to work on modeling and simulations of cosmic surveys, including opportunities to be involved in cosmological studies or studies of galaxy formation with DES, DESI, LSDT, CANDELS, and WFIRST or in simulations and observations of the local universe. Experience in large numerical simulations and galaxy modeling is preferred. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter expressing interest in this position, and will also be considered for all available positions at KIPAC.

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Further Info:
P.O. Box 20450
MS 29
Stanford, CA 94309

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