Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Position to perform observational and theoretical studies of formation and evolution of galaxies using large galaxy surveys. The primary goal of the project is to use statistical methods to model the galaxy population to constrain observations and design future precision cosmology experiments. We are seeking applicants with extensive experience in extracting information from large data sets and in developing new techniques in processing, analysing and visualizing data. Experience and knowledge in the application of data science techniques to astronomy (machine learning, principle component methods, self-organizing maps etc) would be an advantage.
The candidate will play a leading role in Hawaii-20 (H20), a ground-based 20 square degree galaxy survey for which 30 nights of Subaru (8m) and 10 nights of Keck (10m) Telescope time have been awarded, as well as being involved with future space surveys- Euclid, WFIRST and SPHEREx. The candidate will also be encouraged to work on other data sets on formation and evolution of galaxies (e.g. CANDELS, Hubble Frontier Field etc) as well as on personal research projects.
The ideal candidates will have background and experience in both data driven sciences and theoretical or observational astrophysics. This is a joint position between the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California Riverside (UCR), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Spitzer Science Center. The postdoctoral associate will split her/his time between these institutions.
The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy with broad interest in some combination of working with large galaxy surveys, data processing, large-scale simulations, and visualization techniques. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of extension to a third year. Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Prof. Bahram Mobasher (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. P. Capak (email@example.com), or Dr. Jason Rhodes (Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org).
To apply, please send a curriculum vita and a research statement that includes your research experience to Prof. Bahram Mobasher (email@example.com). Also, arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the above e-mail address. Salary includes benefits and health insurance and is commensurate to experience. The starting date for the position is September 1st, 2019. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15th March 2019.
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