We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in observational cosmology to work with Prof. Kyle Dawson at the University of Utah. The postdoctoral researcher will be sponsored to work on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). DESI will perform the largest spectroscopic survey to date of galaxy, quasar, and Lyman-alpha forest clustering. Commissioning of the instrument is planned for the Fall of 2019 and an early phase of observations to validate the survey design is planned for Winter/Spring of 2020. The Survey Validation phase is designed to assess the quality of redshift estimates, the population of spectroscopic targets, and the projections for final samples that will be acquired after five years of operations. Full operations are expected to begin in the Spring of 2020.
The successful candidate will contribute significantly to DESI commissioning and Survey Validation. This will include observing shifts at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, analysis of early spectra, and development of automated software to assess global properties of the spectroscopic samples. The applicant should have experience in python and git repositories to quickly gain familiarity with pre-existing DESI software packages. Prior experience in assessing large samples of pixel-level spectroscopic data and in performing cosmological studies with clustering data are strongly preferred. In addition to commissioning and Survey Validation, the postdoctoral researcher will participate in DESI working groups toward cosmological studies of early spectroscopic samples.
Application materials should be sent directly to Kyle Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV with list of publications, research statement, and at least three letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2019. An early start date is preferred but is negotiable.
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