Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology, Pennsylvania State University

Position ID:PennState-Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology-POSTDOC [#8089]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Cosmology
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16877, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
High-Energy Theory / Theoretical High-Energy
Astrophysics / Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2016/12/15 finished (posted 2016/09/29, finished 2017/03/16, listed until 2017/03/25)
Position Description:    

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

The Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University are seeking one or more postdoctoral scholars in primordial cosmology and the cosmological implications of observations from large galaxy surveys such as HETDEX (Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment), and eBOSS of SDSS IV. Currently gathering commissioning data, HETDEX expects to observe about a million Lyman-alpha emitters over a 9 cubic-Gpc volume at redshift 1.9 < z < 3.5 during three years of operation time. As a part of SDSS-IV starting from June 2014, eBOSS plans to observe about a half million high-redshift galaxies 0.6 < z < 1 and QSOs. With such an unprecedentedly large number of objects and volume coverage, HETDEX and eBOSS will open a new window to the high redshift universe. Successful candidates will work with Prof. Donghui Jeong, Prof. Sarah Shandera and collaborators in the Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. More information can be found at (HETDEX), (eBOSS) and information about the Departments and IGC can be found at (Astronomy & Astrophysics department), (Physics department), and (Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos).

These positions require a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and experience with large surveys is preferable. Application materials including CV (including the list of publications), statement of research interest (max 3 pages), and three letters of recommendation should uploaded to the Academic Jobs Online. In addition, Penn State requires candidates to register and complete the Penn State application form available at Application materials do not need to be uploaded to this Penn State site.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding on a yearly basis. The appointment will begin in Fall 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidate(s) are found. Complete applications received by December 15, 2016 will receive full consideration. Questions should be directed to Dr. Donghui Jeong ( or Dr. Sarah Shandera (

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