The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work in cosmology with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). The successful applicant will work under the direction of Prof. Kyle Dawson.
The Dawson research group participates in research in the clustering of galaxies, quasars, and the Lyman-alpha forest. Research also includes the modeling of spectra and selection functions for measurements of baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift space distortions. The ideal applicant will primarily use Survey Validation data in the first year of the position and data from the nominal clustering program afterward. The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue independent research, to collaborate with other researchers within DESI, and to contribute to the Collaboration working groups. Research options include the possibility of cross-correlations of DESI catalogs with data from other surveys.
Experience with spectroscopic or catalog-level clustering data is highly desirable. The appointment is for two years with the extension to a third contingent on a performance review. The start date is flexible, and can be at any time in 2021. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or a related field.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research statement that relates past and/or proposed future research to large-scale cosmology surveys. In the cover letter, please list three references and contact information. Reference letters will be requested for a sub-sample of applicants following an initial review. Completed applications and a list of references should be sent electronically to: Prof. Kyle Dawson (email@example.com) by December 15, 2020. PDF format is strongly preferred. Questions may be directed to Prof. Kyle Dawson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional information on the Dawson research group can be found here: http://astro.utah.edu/~kdawson/