Faculty Opening Carnegie Mellon University
Cosmology and Machine Learning
Carnegie Mellon University is conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty member who would hold a joint appointment between the Department of Physics in the Mellon College of Science and the Machine Learning Department in the School of Computer Science. The position in Physics is associated with the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology, which joins efforts in particle physics and astrophysics within the Department of Physics with CMU strengths in computer science and statistics. The Machine Learning Department carries out research in all areas of statistical machine learning, from theory to applications, with strong research links to computational biology, psychology, robotics, and cosmology, among other fields.
Since the establishment of the McWilliams Center in 2008, three new cosmology faculty members have been hired, and there are currently also four McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellows. Computational cosmology was an early strength of the Center. Carnegie Mellon has become an institutional member of a sequence of sky surveys at the frontier of observational cosmology. Center faculty members are also involved in several other experiments and have taken leadership roles in the recently formed LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration. See www.cmu.edu/cosmology for more details.
Enormous databases of images and spectra from sky surveys will become available over the next decades. Computer-aided scientific discovery tools that combine scientific hypotheses with these databases will produce better constraints on current models, discover new multi-dimensional correlations, establish new knowledge, and most importantly, produce potential new scientific conjectures.
Carnegie Mellon seeks candidates with significant accomplishments in both machine learning and physics, with high promise for moving the frontier of cosmology forward by using machine learning.
The anticipated starting date is as early as September 2013. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, teaching statement, 1-3 sample publicationsThe anticipated starting date is as early as September 2013. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, teaching statement, 1-3 sample publications and 1-3 letters of recommendation should be submitted by candidates through the School of Computer Science faculty search web page at
For full consideration, all materials should be received by February 15, 2013. (This date is a month after that specified on the SCS web site for other applications because of the later posting of this ad.)
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.