What lies at the intersection of radio cosmology and computer science? The LEDA project seeks to establish the first direct experimental constraints on the thermal history of the universe during the Dark Age, via the 21cm Hydrogen line. Utilizing the world’s largest full-cross correlation radio array, LEDA is a big data challenge that opens research opportunities in computer science, visualization, and high performance computing.
Requirements are a strong doctoral record in astrophysics, physics, or computer science and related engineering. Track records that include visualization, algorithm development, GPGPU, machine learning, or radio interferometry will be viewed especially favorably. Interdisciplinary pursuits with collaborators in the Department of Chemistry and School of Engineer and Applied Sciences will be encouraged. The opening at Harvard College Observatory is immediate and renewable annually for up to two years. Appointment at the level of postdoctoral fellow starting October 1, 2014 is preferred, but the more senior level of research associate is possible for particularly well-qualified candidates more than 3 years beyond their PhD. The salary for a fellow is $59,000. This is a benefited position.
Candidates should submit via e-mail to Dr. Greenhill a CV, bibliography, statement of research accomplishments and interests. Three letters of recommendation are also required, submitted via e-mail. Preliminary inquiries may be addressed via e-mail. Applications received by August 15 will receive full consideration. Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.