The "Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe" (Kavli IPMU) is an international research institute in Japan with English as its official language. The goal of the institute is to discover fundamental laws of the Universe from a synergistic perspective of mathematics, physics, and astronomy.
We intend to appoint ~3 postdoctoral positions in astrophysics either to a 3-year term, or 5-year term as a Kavli Institute Fellow. We seek to build a diverse, highly interactive membership, and strongly encourage female and international applicants.
Kavli IPMU is the leading institution of the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Survey, a multi-layer 300 night Subaru campaign that will begin in fall 2013. Primary goals include cosmological constraints from weak lensing measured over 1400 square degrees as well as a SN search program. Kavli IPMU is also leading the development of the Prime Focus Spectrograph which will conduct a BAO, high-z galaxy, and galactic archeology survey after the completion of the HSC program.
Further opportunities exist in the area of galaxy and quasar evolution. Kavli IPMU is a full institutional member in SDSS-III with a focus on BOSS. In addition, our members are active in programs that utilize current state-of-the-art instruments on Subaru (e.g., FMOS, IRCS) as well as multi-wavelength data sets such as SXDS and COSMOS. We are also active in the development of MaNGA, a next-generation SDSS program to obtain resolved spectroscopy of 10,000 nearby galaxies beginning in 2014. Candidates with an observational or theoretical background in supernova research are also encouraged to apply.
The applications should include a CV, research statement, publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. They should be uploaded at http://www.ipmu.jp/job-opportunities.
The search is open until filled, but for full considerations please submit the applications and letters by Dec 1, 2012