The Physics Department at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) invites applications for a postdoctoral position focusing on the investigation of dark energy and dark matter through the analysis of Dark Energy Survey (DES) data, the design and construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and the study of scientific opportunities with the LSST. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work on various aspects of the DES and LSST projects, depending on his or her interests and skills. We are particularly interested in the study of large-scale structure (including non-Gaussianity and BAO), and weak gravitational lensing. Strong computational and analytical abilities and/or experience with instrument design and construction are highly desired.
Illinois has institutional membership in both the DES and LSST projects.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in cosmology, astrophysics, or experimental particle physics. Candidates with strong computational skills who are trained in particle physics and are interested in making a transition to observational cosmology are encouraged to apply. The position is available immediately. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications before February 1, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a description of research interests and skills to the address below. In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent.
Prof. Jon Thaler (http://web.hep.uiuc.edu/home/jjt/)
The University of Illinois is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.