Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Observational Astrophysics and Computational Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Arizona State University
Department Name: 
School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The radio astronomy group at ASU invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research on efficient, scalable signal processing for large interferometer arrays and fast transient detection.  The position includes an annual stipend of $63,000, full-time, fiscal year, with benefits. A relocation allowance will be provided. 

A pathfinder of a novel aperture-plane FFT correlator, called EPIC, is currently deployed on the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) station in Sevilleta, New Mexico.  The system uses the GPU-accelerated Bifrost framework (C++/CUDA/Python) and images the entire visible sky every 40 microseconds.  The successful applicant will upgrade the pathfinder to an operational system by optimizing the algorithm and implementation and deploying a real-time transient detection backend.  They will assist with the installation and commissioning of new hardware nodes at the LWA stations in New Mexico and at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory LWA station in California.  The operational system will provide unique opportunities for the study of fast radio burst (FRB) progenitors through low-frequency searches, as well as through simultaneous and follow-up observations of detections by other telescopes, including CHIME, DSA, and Realfast.  The system will provide additional opportunities for astronomical and atmospheric research.

Essential duties of the position: The successful applicant will develop software, plan and analyze astronomical observations, conduct original research, document results, write journal articles, and present at scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment, but no earlier than five years before the start date, (2) demonstrated record of research accomplishment in a related field.

Desired Qualifications: (1) Relevant experience in radio instrumentation and observations, signal processing, statistical data analysis, and/or software development, (2) a record of prior achievement and experience that shows the applicant’s potential to accomplish research and/or development objectives, (3) evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills, (4) evidence of ability to work well independently and in team settings.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point of astrophysics at Arizona State University, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States.  An essential part of SESE's mission is to make new discoveries by promoting interdisciplinary science and by integrating science and engineering. SESE faculty and their research groups benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities including high performance computing, access to the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5m MMT telescope, 6.5m Magellan telescopes and a host of 2m-class telescopes owned and operated by the State of Arizona. ASU is a founding member in the Giant Magellan Telescope and a partner in the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), the Long Wavelength Array Swarm, and the Owens Valley Radio Observatory Long Wavelength Array (OVRO-LWA).  ASU is participating in the CMB-S4 consortium and is a member of the Simons Observatory (SO), the Toltec project, and several astrophysics sub-orbital class programs.

To apply, please submit to to include the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a research statement not longer than five pages including figures and references; 3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU's commitment to inclusive excellence, 4) a current CV; and 5) the names and contact details of three references.  

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be December 13, 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by the law.

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Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$63000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

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A relocation allowance will be provided.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 13, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Judd Bowman
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