The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a non-profit, world-class astronomical institution in Pasadena, California, invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in dark matter theory to begin September 1, 2018.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work with Dr. Andrew Benson to develop, calibrate, and test models of expanded hidden sector and baryonic physics within an existing galaxy formation code in order to derive accurate predictions for the frequency and spatial distribution of gravitational lensing events by dark matter substructure. Previous experience with semi-analytic methodology, and gravitational lensing is desirable, but not required. This work would be carried out as part of a comprehensive investigation of dark matter substructure lensing, undertaken by a large team including Dr. Annika Peter (OSU), Dr Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (Harvard), Dr. Leonidas Moustakas (NASA/JPL), Dr. Anna Nierenberg (UC Irvine), and Dr. Anthony Pullen (NYU).
In addition to their work with this projects, the Postdoctoral Research Associate has full access to Carnegie's computational resources, and can apply to PI their own independent projects utilizing Carnegie’s observational facilities including the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, the 2.5-meter Dupont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. Carnegie is also a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV.
At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that the academic environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas work together. As such, we urge applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.
The appointment will be for two years, with a possible third year extension based on performance and funding availability. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the position. The application should include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a description of past and current research. In addition, applicants should provide names and email addresses for three individuals willing to provide a letter of reference
All materials must be submitted online at:
For full consideration, please submit your application by February 24th. We expect to interview possible candidates, and make offers to our highest ranked candidate by March 1st. We will accept applications until the position is filled.
Carnegie offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.