Observational Cosmology with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Utah
Department Name: 
Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
115 South 1400 East #201
City: 
Salt Lake City
State/Province: 
UT
Zip/Postal: 
84112
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

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 kdawson@astro.utah.edu.  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.

 

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

 

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Kyle Dawson
Title: 
Professor
Institution/Company: 
University of Utah
Department Name: 
Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
115 South 1400 East #201
City: 
Salt Lake City
State/Province: 
UT
Zip/Postal Code: 
84112
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
8015814785
Email: 
kdawson@astro.utah.edu
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
Dawson Postdoc
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Kyle Dawson
Subject: 
DESI Postdoc Position
Email: 
kdawson@physics.utah.edu