LSST Survey Science Postdoctoral Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
1002 W. Green Street
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
invites applications from Ph.D. scientists for postdoctoral position working on
survey science with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) The position is
full-time for 3 years and offers a competitive salary, benefits, and research
funds. The proposed starting date is August 3, 2020, although this is flexible.

We encourage candidates with broad interests in survey science and cosmology.
The researcher will work with Prof. Gautham Narayan and other scientists at
the University of Illinois and NCSA. Potential projects include (but are not
limited to) inference of morphology, SEDs and photometric redshifts using
existing multiwavelength wide-field surveys, using machine learning to discover
unusual and exotic transients within the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
alert stream, modeling the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave
sources, and constraining the nature of dark energy with photometric samples of

The selected candidate will be part of the new Center for Astrophysical Surveys
(CAPS) and will have access to facilities and data at the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications. NCSA is a hub of transdisciplinary research and
digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students,
and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand
challenges for the benefit of science and society. Existing research programs
at Illinois include the Dark Energy Survey (DES), LSST, SDSS-V, WFIRST, CMB-S4,
and the South Pole Telescope (SPT), along with the development of future
ground-based, balloon, and satellite projects. NCSA leads data management and
processing for the DES project with support from the National Science
Foundation, is a partner in the construction and commissioning of LSST and,
will be the global central hub for LSST processing, archiving, and serving
terabytes of data that will be collected each night of the decade-long survey.

Applicants are requested to submit a:
    - Cover Letter describing your interest in LSST and this position
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Summary of previous and current research (2-3 pages)
    - Names and contact information for three references

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2019 for full consideration.
Please send all materials as a single file in pdf format to Prof. Gautham
Narayan (, with “LSST Survey Science Postdoc” in the subject

Candidates should have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by
Fall 2020. Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful
completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the
University of Illinois Background Check Policy.

The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on
the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified
individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history.

Illinois and Prof. Narayan welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Postdoc will also have access to their own research funds.
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Gautham Narayan
University of Urbana-Champaign
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
1002 W. Green Street
Street Line 2: 
Room 129
Zip/Postal Code: 
United States of America
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Gautham Narayan
LSST Survey Science Postdoctoral Research Associate