The DIRAC Institute and LSST group in the Astronomy department at the University of Washington have openings for two postdoctoral or research scientist positions. These positions are to help with the processing and analysis of data from the Zwicky Transit Factory (ZTF) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The University of Washington is a new member of the ZTF collaboration, a time-domain survey that will see first light in 2017 when it will scan over 3750 square degrees an hour to a depth of 20.5-21 mag. As part of its contributions to ZTF, UW and the DIRAC Institute (a newly established institute for data intensive survey astrophysics at the University of Washington) will lead the development of a database for storing and serving transient and variable sources detected by ZTF.
The positions we are currently seeking are (1) a postdoctoral position to help in the development of a light curve database for ZTF data, (2) a postdoctoral position focusing on transient and variable science from ZTF. We expect that both successful candidates will help lead the ZTF and LSST science at the University of Washington and will be an integral part of the DIRAC and LSST groups. We seek researchers with a strong research record in time domain astronomy (including transient and variable sources), a background in computational techniques, and an interest in large scale computational problems. Strong Python skills, an interest in machine learning or image processing techniques, and experience with astronomical databases are all desirable skills. A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, computer science, or a related subject is required. The successful candidates will work with Professors Andrew Connolly, Eric Bellm, Zeljko Ivezic, and Mario Juric and the members of the DIRAC Institute.
In addition to LSST and ZTF, ongoing research activities in the survey group at UW include: understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using large surveys (SDSS, WISE, PanSTARRS PS1, and others), Solar System science, as well as development of techniques, algorithms, and software for analysis of large astronomical datasets ("big data" science).
The initial appointment is for one year, renewable up to three years, and offers competitive salary and benefits. The appointment is expected to start no later than September 2017.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Andrew Connolly at [email protected] with subject line “ DIRAC/LSST postdoctoral application (your name)". Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, to assure full consideration, please send your application as early as possible.
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.