McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Carnegie Mellon University
Department Name: 
Physics Department
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5000 Forbes Ave.
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United States of America
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The Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for the McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowship. McWilliams Fellows are expected to carry out their own programs of original research, independently or in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students.  We welcome applications from researchers working in any area of astrophysics or cosmology.  

McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellows are part of CMU’s McWilliams Center for Cosmology  (website The McWilliams Center synergizes research of the CMU’s Departments of Physics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, and Statistics, and enjoys close relationships with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Carnegie Mellon’s physics faculty hold leadership roles in multiple large sky surveys and conducts theoretical and observational studies covering a wide range of cosmological and astrophysical phenomena (see list of center faculty here:  The McWilliams Center owns the Vera computing cluster at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which provides high-performance computing resources on a variety of scales and works closely with our scientists.

Fellowship appointments are for 2 years, with renewal for a third year likely, contingent upon satisfactory progress. The position comes with a competitive salary, an annual research budget, health benefits, and relocation expenses.

We seek excellence within a respectful, inclusive University context. Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  We are committed to increasing the diversity of our community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. CMU's Department of Physics especially welcomes applicants -- including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways--who will enhance this diversity through their research, teaching and service.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or an adjacent field by the time of appointment, which is anticipated to begin September 1, 2022.

Application Instructions: Applications should be uploaded to the interfolio website:, and must include a curriculum vitae, publication list, a statement of research interests.  A cover letter is optional, and can include a statement of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded (a prompt will be sent automatically to the applicant’s references when their contact information is entered at the interfolio site).  For full consideration, all materials should be received by November 30, 2021.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Carl Rodriguez at [email protected] or Prof. Riccardo Penco at [email protected].

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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