The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks recent Ph.D. scientists for postdoctoral fellowships in astrophysics, cosmology, and extrasolar planetary science. The positions offer opportunities to develop innovative and independent research programs in these areas using computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical approaches. Existing research programs at KIPAC include studies of dark energy, cosmic dynamics, structure formation, galaxy formation, the physics of inflation, studies of and searches for dark matter, and studies of black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, the Milky Way, stars (including the Sun), extrasolar planets, and other astrophysical sources.
KIPAC members are involved in several experiments and survey projects. KIPAC is active in cosmic surveys including DES, DESI, and the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space & Time (LSST). Activities in Rubin/LSST include the construction and integration of the LSST camera, leadership of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, and management of the Rubin US Data Facility. KIPAC is playing a leading role in: CMB experiments including BICEP/Keck Array, the South Pole Telescope, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, LiteBIRD, Ali, Simons Observatory, and planning for CMB-S4; dark matter experiments including LZ and SuperCDMS and hidden photon dark matter searches with DM Radio and axion-like dark matter with CASPEr; gamma-ray and X-ray observatories including the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, NuSTAR, IXPE (X-ray polarization) and the future Athena and Lynx missions; planning for the Euclid and Nancy Grace Roman missions; CO intensity mapping; high energy density laboratory astrophysics; studies of our Sun with the Solar Dynamics Observatory; and studies of extrasolar planets including with the Gemini Planet Imager and the Roman mission.
KIPAC offers access to excellent laboratory facilities for instrument development and significant computational resources for theoretical astrophysics research and data analysis. KIPAC also provides the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary activities through Stanford Data Science and the SLAC Machine Learning Program. KIPAC typically appoints 5-10 postdoctoral fellows per year. The positions offer excellent benefits (https://postdocbenefits.stanford.edu) and salary and are generally made for a term of three years. Each year we appoint a Kavli Fellow and a Porat Fellow; these independent fellowships include additional funds to support research and travel expenses.
Applicants will be considered for all available postdoctoral positions at KIPAC including the Kavli and Porat Fellowships, as well as positions with individual faculty and research groups. Additional opportunities at Stanford and SLAC (including some with earlier deadlines) are also listed on our webpage here: https://kipac.stanford.edu/join-us/postdoctoral-opportunities-kipac.
Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or physics (generally granted in 2019 or later) or expect to receive the degree prior to starting their appointment. Application materials should be submitted at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19421. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a 3-page statement of research interests and plans, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. We encourage applicants to follow the structure of the AAS advice on the contents of CVs and research statements given here: https://jobregister.aas.org/postdoc-application-guidelines. We also encourage applicants, as a component of their research statement, to discuss their experience with or commitment to engaging in mentoring, outreach, teaching, public policy, fostering inclusive environments, or activities that diversify the field.
The deadline for applications is Monday November 1, 2021. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee. More information about KIPAC can be found at http://kipac.stanford.edu/. KIPAC is committed to an inclusive work environment and encourages applications from candidates who will diversify the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology.