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 1-2 assistant professors in astrophysics. The area of consideration is open although we further encourage individuals to apply who work in theoretical or observational astrophysics and can benefit from access to planned strategic surveys (HSC and PFS) with Subaru. The initial term is through 2017, with a possible extension for five more years contingent upon review and funding. 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 1500 square degrees as well as a SN search program. Kavli IPMU is also leading the development of the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) which will conduct a BAO, high-z galaxy, and galactic archeology survey after the completion of the HSC program.
Current members in astrophysics are highly active in the fields of cosmology, galaxy evolution and supernova science. Kavli IPMU is a full institutional member in SDSS-III with a focus on BOSS. There are ongoing 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