The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC; http://www.ipac.caltech.edu) at the California Institute of Technology is dedicated to science operations, data archives, and community support for astronomy and planetary science missions, with a special emphasis on infrared-submillimeter astronomy and exoplanet science. IPAC conducts Science Center functions for NASA missions; it carries out challenging data management tasks that enable and enhance the return from major projects such as Great Observatories or all-sky surveys; it supports NASA, NSF and privately funded projects. A vibrant research environment and first-rate researchers are essential to fulfilling the IPAC mission. IPAC participates in a range of future mission studies and project development, including Euclid, WFIRST, and LSST.
IPAC anticipates hiring a research scientist with a strong interest in cosmology and dark energy, subject to availability of funding. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in observations or simulation of weak lensing or baryonic acoustic oscillations,
but other areas of dark energy research will be considered.
The scientist will participate in the development and planning of future missions, possibly including the definition of science center activities. The job responsibilities will include working closely with other scientists and engineers to: (1) define and construct data analysis pipelines as they relate to measurements that support the study of dark energy; (2) develop new and innovative algorithms to optimize these analyses;
(3) validate, test, and document software. In addition, the scientist will be expected to conduct an ambitious research program in one or more areas of observation or simulation in support of the study of dark energy.
The position is likely to require moderate to frequent travel to other parts of the US and Europe. The ability to work well in an active team environment and balance multiple tasks is required.
PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific field; 3+ years professional experience in astronomy, including experience with astronomical data analysis; strong communication skills, and the ability to work well with others on a small team.
PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific field; 5+ years professional experience in astronomy, including research experience specifically related to dark energy; experience with data from optical/infrared space-based telescopes.
To apply, please send a CV, publication list, and statement of research interests to Mary Ellen Barba (firstname.lastname@example.org), and arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded to the same email address no later than 28 February 2013.
Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.