Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in Galactic Archaeology

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Carnegie Mellon University
Department Name: 
Physics Department
Street Line 1: 
5000 Forbes Avenue
United States of America
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The McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking to hire two postdoctoral research associates to conduct research in the areas of galactic archaeology and large survey science with Prof. Sergey Koposov and Prof. Matthew Walker. The postdoctoral researchers will join a research group that is actively working on a variety of science topics including Milky Way structure, dark matter, dwarf galaxies and stellar streams.

The successful applicants will apply novel data mining, machine learning and statistical methods to large existing datasets like Gaia, SDSS, DES and PanSTARRS, and will develop methodology to prepare for upcoming surveys such as LSST, DESI and WFIRST. The postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to become part of the team using M2FS, a multi-object fiber spectrograph at the 6.5 Magellan/Clay telescope, to conduct spectroscopic observations of substructures in the Galactic halo. Also encouraged to apply are researchers working on numerical simulations relevant to galactic archaeology. The successful applicants will be encouraged to collaborate with other members of the McWilliams Center, including the Physics faculty, other postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and members of the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics at CMU. Carnegie Mellon is a full institutional member of SDSS-IV and LSST. Additionally, the successful candidates will have the right to join the DESI collaboration as sponsored junior DESI members.

The initial appointment is for two years, renewable up to three years, contingent upon satisfactory progress. CMU provides a competitive salary and benefits.

The anticipated starting date is September 2019. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Physics, or Astronomy (or related fields) by the time of appointment, and should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and statement of research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Academic Jobs Online:

For full consideration, all materials should be received by Jan 5, 2019. We seek excellence in a respectful, inclusive University context.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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