Observational Cosmology with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI)
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. Science objectives include measurements of structure growth, the distance scale through baryon acoustic oscillations, and tests of inflation and the neutrino mass.
The successful candidate will contribute to key DESI science and to project operations. Science contributions will be focused on early DESI data; the postdoctoral researcher will have the additional benefits of collaboration with science working groups with large international membership. Operation contributions will include occasional observing shifts at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, vetting of spectroscopic data, and assistance in assessing survey progress. The applicant should have experience in python and git repositories to quickly gain familiarity with pre-existing DESI software packages. Prior experience in working with a large collaboration, assessing large samples of pixel-level spectroscopic data, and in performing cosmological studies with clustering data are strongly preferred.
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 December 31, 2019. The start date is negotiable and could be made early in 2020.
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