Postdoctoral Research Associate (Astrophysics – Dark Energy)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 8, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 6, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Department Name: 
Center for Particle Astrophysics
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Open Date: 09/01/2017
Close Date: 10/31/2017


Fermilab seeks outstanding applicants for a post-doctoral Research Associate position. This position is aimed at exceptional recent PhD recipients and those with a proven research record from prior postdoctoral experience in observational astrophysics and cosmology. Fermilab is currently the home institution for the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which is starting its fifth year of observations of the extra-galactic sky towards the southern galactic cap. This 5000-sq degree dataset in 5 filters provides unprecedented analysis and discovery opportunities. In addition, Fermilab is involved in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) construction and preparations for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). There are also opportunities to participate in the development of new projects targeting dark energy science and related detector R&D and to interact with members of a broad range of scientific, engineering, and technical departments throughout the laboratory.

Position is for a period of up to three (3) years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.

Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.



  • Publishing scientific papers based on analysis of Dark Energy Survey data.
  • Presenting work to scientific collaborations, conferences, workshops, and reviews.


Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, or relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including presentations to large international scientific collaborations and conferences.


Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online: 1) Cover letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Research Statement, 4) Publication List and 5) Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).

For general information about this position, please contact Dr. Tom Diehl at


Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, and Tight Work Schedule.

In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air carrier both domestically and internationally may be required.


There is no legal requirement that Fermilab sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence. As a result, Fermilab will make the decision to sponsor an employee on a case-by-case basis. Fermilab will consider the following factors, among others, when determining whether to sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence: performance, length of service, long-term need for the position, and cost.


Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.

Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
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