An LSST postdoctoral research opportunity in cosmology instrumentation is available with Tony Tyson’s group pursuing cosmology via weak lensing data, and device physics with application to cosmology. The LSST Fellowship would begin in fall 2014. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with initiative and the ability to work collaboratively. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with existing deep OIR survey and CMB data as well as state-of-art CCDs intended for the LSST focal plane.
The instrumentation research is in a LSST CCD device characterization lab studying charge transport in novel thick high resistivity silicon CCDs via illumination with sub-pixel size spot arrays. A large optical re-imager simulates the LSST optical beam, and a xyz precision stepper moves the camera in the beam, all under LabVIEW control. The goal is full understanding of the CCD shape transfer function, leading to an updated LSST data model. Skills in electronics, CCDs and optics are desirable, as well as a working knowledge of LabVIEW. Research opportunities can include collaborative algorithm development for cosmology applications, using end-to-end simulations of LSST data. See the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration whitepaper arXiv:1211.0310 for a review of the motivation for this research.
In addition to collaborating with others in our group and the LSST project, postdoctoral scholars in cosmology at UC Davis have access to the Keck telescopes, as well as full access to the Deep Lens Survey data and opportunity for collaboration on South Pole Telescope (SPT, SPTpol) CMB data. UC Davis is a key institutional member of the LSST Project, with several researchers developing LSST data analysis algorithms via end-to-end simulations informed by the LSST data model.
Formal applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and names of three references willing to supply letters of recommendation. A Ph.D. in physics, engineering, or astronomy is required, as well as demonstrated laboratory experience. The appointment is for two years, with the possibility of extension for a third year contingent upon mutual agreement.
Apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “LSST COS Inst. Fellow”