Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Physics

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Position ID:CMU-Physics-POSTDOCGALACTICARCH [#12126]
Position Title: Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in Galactic Archaeology
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Cosmology
Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2019/01/05help popup finished (2018/09/25, finished 2019/07/07, listed until 2019/03/25)
Position Description:    

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The McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking to hire two postdoctoral research associates to conduct research in the areas of galactic archaeology and large survey science with Prof. Sergey Koposov and Prof. Matthew Walker. The postdoctoral researchers will join a research group that is actively working on a variety of science topics including Milky Way structure, dark matter, dwarf galaxies and stellar streams.

The successful applicants will apply novel data mining, machine learning and statistical methods to large existing datasets like Gaia, SDSS, DES and PanSTARRS, and will develop methodology to prepare for upcoming surveys such as LSST, DESI and WFIRST. The postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to become part of the team using M2FS, a multi-object fiber spectrograph at the 6.5 Magellan/Clay telescope, to conduct spectroscopic observations of substructures in the Galactic halo. Also encouraged to apply are researchers working on numerical simulations relevant to galactic archaeology. The successful applicants will be encouraged to collaborate with other members of the McWilliams Center, including the Physics faculty, other postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and members of the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics at CMU. Carnegie Mellon is a full institutional member of SDSS-IV and LSST. Additionally, the successful candidates will have the right to join the DESI collaboration as sponsored junior DESI members.

The initial appointment is for two years, renewable up to three years, contingent upon satisfactory progress. CMU provides a competitive salary and benefits.

The anticipated starting date is September 2019. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Physics, or Astronomy (or related fields) by the time of appointment, and should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and statement of research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Academic Jobs Online:

For full consideration, all materials should be received by Jan 5, 2019. We seek excellence in a respectful, inclusive University context.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Further Info:
Dept. of Physics
Carnegie Mellon Univ.
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh Pa 15213

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