The Astronomy Department at Columbia University and the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in the Interface of Cosmology, Galaxy
Formation and Machine Learning.
One position will be based at Columbia and funded by the Simons Collaboration on Learning the
Universe (www.learning-the-universe.org).The selected applicant will work with Professor of
Astronomy, Greg Bryan and colleagues, in the Learning the Universe collaboration on projects
focusing on the development and testing of galaxy formation models that can be used within largescale
cosmological simulations designed to infer cosmological parameters and initial conditions.
The other position will be part of the CAMELS project collaboration https://www.camel-simulations.org/
and will be based for two years at Columbia University, and one additional year
at the Simons Foundation's cosmology research group led by Prof. David Spergel. This position
will be funded by a collaborative NSF grant between Columbia University, Princeton University
and University of Connecticut. The selected applicant will work with Dr. Shy Genel and other
colleagues, including postdocs from UConn and Princeton University.
The selected applicants will conduct independent as well as collaborative research within the
aforementioned collaborations. They will have access to high-performance computational facilities
and travel funds, in addition to medical health insurance eligibility. The expected start date is in the
summer or fall of 2022. The initial appointments will be for two years with an anticipated renewal
for a third year based on performance and availability of funds. Questions regarding these positions
can be sent to [email protected].
We particularly encourage applicants with research interests and expertise in cosmology, galaxy
formation, machine learning and/or statistical inference. The applicants will be evaluated based on
a demonstration of research ability in one or more of these fields, evidence of future research
potential, and overlap of their research interests with the goals of the aforementioned
collaborations. Applicants are expected to hold, or be on track to hold, a PhD in Astrophysics or a
related field by the date of the appointment.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a research statement (not
exceeding three pages), In addition, they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent
directly by the writers. All application materials, including the reference letters, should be sent by
email to [email protected] by November 26, 2021. Applications will be
considered only after all of the requested material has been received. Screening of applicants will
begin on November 26, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Columbia University
values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion which are keys to attracting and engaging the
brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations.
Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.