Postdoctoral Research Associate in weak lensing cosmology

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Princeton University
Department Name: 
Astrophysical Sciences
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences invites applicants for one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in weak lensing cosmology within the Princeton Astronomical Data Group (led by Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss, and Jim Gunn). Join and grow our fast-paced group in the development and commissioning of the software pipelines for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) instrument on the Subaru Telescope. The department currently plays a leading role in exploiting the HSC survey data, presenting opportunities to become deeply involved in the HSC weak lensing analyses. Additional instrumental efforts of the Astronomical Data Group include the 2400-fiber Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) for Subaru, and all members of the department will have the opportunity to join the planned PFS survey team.

The successful candidate(s) will lead the internal validation of components of the science pipelines (e.g., shear estimation, PSF estimation, deblending, coaddition) on weak lensing estimates. As a member of the LSST project team, this role will collaborate closely with other parts of the geographically distributed LSST construction team and with the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration. As a member of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, this role comes with full rights to HSC survey data and an invitation to join the HSC weak lensing collaborations. An ideal candidate would have a research record in shear estimation, PSF modeling, or other image processing algorithms relevant for weak lensing on large imaging surveys, experience in software development with Python or C++, and a collaborative spirit. A Ph.D. in a related field is required.

We are seeking to recruit from as diverse a pool of talent as possible, and endeavor to preserve the Department of Astrophysical Sciences’ reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science produced by major astronomical surveys.

Applicants must apply online and submit a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references at We encourage people to apply by September 1st, 2018, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For further inquiries, please contact Jim Bosch ( or Yusra AlSayyad (

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Application Deadline: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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