The researcher will work with Prof. Pryke on the BICEP/Keck experiements. These are state of the art Cosmic Microwave Background polarimeters located at the South Pole in Antarctica. Over the past decade these experiments have recorded large amounts of data. The analysis of this data through to publishable scientific results is an enormous effort, and a collaborative enterprise. The collaboration consists of UMN, Harvard, Caltech and Stanford.
Job Duties with percentages
The researcher’s duties will include the following:
15% Hardware and instrument development work in the lab at UMN or at collaborating institutions.
25% Deployment to South Pole in Antarctica to install, upgrade, integrate, comission and calibrate the BICEP/Keck experiments on site.
50% Developing and running the BICEP/Keck data analysis pipeline from raw data through to final science results. Internal documentation of this work and participation in regular meetings related to it, both in person and online.
10% Mentoring of undergraduates or graduate students on the above projects related to the UMN BICEP/Keck group.
Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.
Required: Applicant must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field with experience in astrophysics/cosmology or high-energy physics. Applicant must be likely to be able to pass the physical qualification process which is required for deployment to South Pole in Antarctica with the US Antarctic Program (USAP).
Preferred Extensive knowledge and experience with sophisticated instrumentation, data acquisition, low and high level data analysis, through to preparation of publication quality science results. Extensive experience of working within a large scientific collaboration and the excellent communication and documentation skills that this requires. Specific experience with Cosmic Microwave Background experimentation and data analysis is preferred but not necessarily required.
We only accept on-line applications.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
- A cover letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for the position
- Curriculum vitae including recent publications
- A research statement explaining why you would like to work on the BICEP/Keck experiments and why you think you are suited to do so.
- Names and complete contact information for three references.
Additionally, have three letters of reference sent to:
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
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