The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is launching a new initiative to establish a community of postdoctoral scholars dedicated to exploring the full breadth of science accessible with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and its Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).
We anticipate hiring an initial cohort of scholars to begin their terms in 2022, with additional hires in the following years. These individuals will have the opportunity to engage with the broad range of Rubin activities at Stanford and SLAC, which include construction and integration of the LSST camera, support for Rubin Observatory operations, management of the Rubin US Data Facility, and serving as host DOE laboratory to the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). KIPAC members are active in most areas of DESC science, including strong and weak lensing, large scale structure, galaxy clusters, and cosmological and survey simulations, and in many other areas of astrophysics where the LSST will have high scientific impact.
Several types of position are available, including:
3-year positions focused on any area of Rubin/LSST science.
3-year positions focused on any area of LSST DESC science.
4-year positions as Rubin Observing Specialists, spending two years at the Rubin Observatory in Chile carrying out night-time operations, before returning for two years at SLAC.
This year, we especially welcome applicants interested in engaging with Rubin Observatory commissioning and operations activities, the analysis of commissioning data, and working with pixel-level data to optimize the investigation of dark energy. (Potential applicants interested in the Observing Specialist position should indicate their interest in their cover letter, and/or respond to its separate advertisement.)
KIPAC hosts a vibrant community active across many branches of astrophysics and cosmology. In addition to Rubin, KIPAC members are involved in a wide range of complementary experiments and survey projects including DES, DESI, Euclid and the Nancy Grace Roman Observatory, an array of dark matter and CMB experiments and a broad range of X-ray and gamma ray missions. KIPAC offers access to excellent laboratory facilities for instrument development and significant computational resources for theoretical research and data analysis. The Institute also provides the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary activities through Stanford Data Science and the SLAC Machine Learning Program. KIPAC places a substantial emphasis on community and the mentoring of junior scientists. A list of KIPAC faculty and staff who would be available to serve as potential primary or secondary mentors can be found here.
Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or expect to receive the degree prior to starting their appointment. They should provide a curriculum vitae, including a publication list and a 3-page statement of research interests and plans, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted. 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 positions offer excellent salary and benefits (https://postdocbenefits.stanford.edu).
Applicants will also be considered for other 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.
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 https://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.