The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for three postdoc positions in cosmology to begin in Fall 2021. UW-Madison has an active and growing cosmology group with theorists and observers active in several projects, including the Simons Observatory, Dark Energy Survey (DES), and Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).
(1) Theoretical / Computational Cosmology
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Moritz Munchmeyer to develop new methods to exploit the large influx of complex cosmological data for fundamental physics. Such methods will be based on new computational tools, in particular Machine Learning, and/or exploit new data, especially from the Simons Observatory and Rubin Observatory. Candidates with experience in computational methods (e.g. machine learning, N-body simulations) or CMB analysis are particularly encouraged to apply.
Apply at https://app.physics.wisc.edu/apply/muenchmeyer-postdoc-2021. Inquiries should be directed to Moritz Munchmeyer (email@example.com).
(2) Observational Cosmology
The successful candidates will pursue studies of dark energy, dark matter, neutrino properties, and/or physics of the early Universe using galaxy surveys. The scholars will have the opportunity to work directly with the Rubin Observatory Project Commissioning Team contributing to science validation activities using on-sky commissioning data. The overall goal of Science Validation is to quantify the range of demonstrated performance of the as-built system by using a combination of on-sky data, informed simulations, and external datasets. Visits to the observatory in Chile, and/or other Rubin Observatory Project sites may be needed to facilitate this work.
We particularly welcome applications from candidates with research interests in the following areas:
- Commissioning science validation for Rubin Observatory with an emphasis on enabling accurate cosmology with early LSST data
- Strong gravitational lensing including lens finding in optical and/or radio surveys, analysis of high-resolution follow-up imaging (radio, sub-mm, and/or optical), and lens modeling; astrophysical probes of dark matter
Apply at https://app.physics.wisc.edu/apply/bechtol-postdoc-2020. Inquiries should be directed to Keith Bechtol (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For all open positions, the initial postdoctoral appointment is for two years, renewable up to three years depending on performance and funding. Applicants should have completed a PhD before the anticipated start date in Fall 2021. You will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and statement of research interests, and to provide the contact information for three individuals who can separately send letters of recommendation. Application materials received by 17 December will receive full consideration.
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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