Supernova Cosmology Postdoctoral Scholar (Physics)

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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United States of America
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Postdoctoral Positions in Supernova Cosmology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invites applications for one or more postdoctoral positions in cosmology research using Type Ia supernovae, to begin by Fall 2018. The successful candidates are expected to carry out simulations and optimization, and apply these towards original research and the definition of science requirements related to the Type Ia supernova programs being developed for the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). In the process of developing the WFIRST and LSST programs, the candidates will be expected to prepare scientific publications with the results of their studies, often using new data sets provided by currently operating telescopes.

We especially encourage applicants in the intersection areas of observational cosmology (including instrumentation expertise) and computer science. LBNL/UC Berkeley has a rich data-science environment, with world-expert researchers in both the domain science and computer science aspects of this emerging field.

The Physics Division pursues a broad portfolio of experimental research including high-energy collider physics (ATLAS), neutrino physics (DUNE, Daya Bay), cosmology with Type Ia supernovae (SCP, WFIRST, DES, LSST), galaxy clustering (eBOSS, DESI), and microwave background experiments (POLARBEAR, Simons Array/Observatory, CMB-S4), and direct detection of dark matter (LZ).  We also have a long tradition of research in theoretical physics, in advanced detector development, and in high-performance computing (NERSC).

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy or expect to receive one by the summer of 2018. They should have at least one year of experience in cosmology or related research as a graduate student or as a postdoc.  He/she should have demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team as well as to work independently.

The position(s) will be awarded initially for 2 years with the possibility of extension. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2017.

Please go to Academic Jobs Online to create a profile and submit the requested application materials. Note that applications can only be made via this Academic Jobs Online URL:

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae and publications list
3. Statement describing research and software abilities (3 page limit)
4. Arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference submitted (no more than one reference from LBNL or UC Berkeley).

To learn more information on the Physics Division's research programs, visit

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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