Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Astrophysics ~ Spherex Mission

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California, Irvine
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
United States of America
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Open November 22nd, 2021 through Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by May 31st, 2022, you will have until June 30th, 2022 to complete your application.


Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral scholar position beginning August 1st, 2022 or earlier.

The postdoctoral fellow will work in Prof. Asantha Cooray’s group on topics related to extragalactic astronomy, data analysis topics in large-scale structure, infrared background and its fluctuation, and galaxy clustering studies. The position is related to group’s participation the SPHEREx mission. Extensive collaboration with SPHEREx teams based at Caltech/JPL is expected. SPHEREx is currently scheduled to be launched in June 2024 and the UCI group is leading the galaxy formation science objectives with SPHEREx deep field maps. Substantial involvement in the SPHEREx data analysis pipeline will retain SPHEREx membership rights at the end of the position.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment. A background in extragalactic astrophysics and familiarity with wide area imaging data analysis methods with Python and other tools are useful for this position.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with up to a total of five years contingent on successful performance and continued availability of funds for SPHEREx. Salary will be determined based on experience. The position includes significant research and travel funds. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is preferred.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment.

Applicants should send a CV, publication list, statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via UC Irvine’s online application system, RECRUIT, located at

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 31st 2022.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D in Physics or Astronomy or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment.


Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter (Optional)

Statement of Research

Teaching Statement - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.

Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.

Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Misc / Additional - Publication list

Reference requirements

3-5 letters of reference required

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The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Irvine, CA

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Asantha Cooray
University of California, Irvine
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
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