Postdoctoral Researcher: eBOSS Operations - JRID45873

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
December 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
December 31, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
University of Utah
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
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Kyle Dawson
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We invite applications for a postdoctoral position to work with Professor Kyle Dawson to monitor mountain operations, survey progress, and data quality for the Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) in SDSS-IV.

Using the 1000-fiber BOSS spectrograph, eBOSS will begin operations in August 2014, with a primary goal of mapping the large scale distribution of luminous red galaxies, emission line galaxies, quasars, and absorption by neutral hydrogen in the Lyman-alpha forest.  The spectroscopic data from eBOSS will provide percent-level measurements of Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) from 0.6<z<2.5, including the first measurements in the redshift range 1<z<2.  Using multiple tracers of the underlying density field, eBOSS will probe the largest volume to date of any cosmological redshift survey.

The postdoc will be a member of the eBOSS team and will (1) assist the eBOSS instrument scientist (Professor Kyle Dawson) by monitoring survey operations at Apache Point Observatory, (2) coordinate the eBOSS data reduction pipeline and assist the data management group in the release of data to the collaboration and to the public, (3) work with the observing staff to gauge survey progress and diagnose problems as they arise in eBOSS observations, (4) evaluate data quality, consistency, and redshift performance from the reduction pipeline, and (5) evaluate the calibration scheme, particularly as observations begin anew each year in August.  Research with the eBOSS team will be encouraged.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or related field.  We seek candidates with a strong background in survey operations, hardware development, data reduction software, and/or spectroscopic observations. Candidates with a strong interest in the science that will be pursued by eBOSS will be preferred.  SDSS-IV is a multi-national project, and the successful candidates will interact with experts from a large number of collaborating institutions.

The position is available starting July 1, 2014.  The initial appointment is expected to be for two years, with a possibility for an additional year contingent on performance and funding.  Pay level will be commensurate with experience.

The astronomy and astrophysics program at the University of Utah has undergone a major expansion. The University of Utah is a full institutional member in SDSS-III and SDSS-IV. The astro-group currently has 10 faculty members working on a variety of research areas, including Professors Dawson and Bolton who play lead roles in SDSS-IV. 

Applicants should submit a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement describing your proposed contributions to the project to Prof. Kyle Dawson ( Please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the above address. All material for the application should submitted with the subject heading "eBOSS operations postdoc".  For full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 31, 2013.

Included Benefits: 

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

Postdocs at the University of Utah are eligible for health and other employee benefits. More details are available at