Postdoc in 21cm Data Analysis

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Arizona State University
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The radio astronomy group at ASU invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research on redshifted 21cm observations of the cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization from the Experiment to Detect the Global EoR Signature (EDGES) and/or the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA). position includes an annual stipend of $63,000 with health benefits. A relocation allowance will be provided.

The successful candidate will work on self-directed projects in collaboration with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at ASU and partner institutions. Opportunities will be available to analyze the 21cm power spectrum, fit galaxy evolution and fundamental physics models to global 21cm measurements, identify and remove foregrounds from observations, and forecast results from current and upgraded instruments, along with additional related investigations. For a successful candidate particularly interested in working on EDGES data analysis, the candidate may choose to split time between ASU and MIT Haystack Observatory, if desired.

Essential duties of the position: The successful applicant will conduct original research in radio astronomy measurements at low frequencies, collaborate with teams, document results and write journal articles, and present at scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment, but no earlier than five years before the start date, (2) demonstrated record of research accomplishment in a related field.

Desired Qualifications: (1) Relevant experience in radio instrumentation and observations, signal processing, statistical data analysis, and/or software development, (2) a record of prior achievement and experience that shows the applicant’s potential to accomplish research objectives, and (3) evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point of astrophysics at Arizona State University, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States. An essential part of SESE's mission is to make new discoveries by promoting interdisciplinary science and by integrating science and engineering. SESE faculty and their research groups benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities including high performance computing, access to the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5m MMT telescope, 6.5m Magellan telescopes and a host of 2m-class telescopes owned and operated by the State of Arizona. ASU is also a founding member in the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA). Additional resources are available. We encourage broad, transdisciplinary collaborations between SESE astronomers, planetary scientists, Earth scientists, and engineers (see:

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF file: 1) a cover letter that references the Job number 12640; 2) a research statement not longer than five pages including figures and reference; 3) a current CV; and 4) the names and contact details of three references. Email the PDF of these application materials to Prof. Danny Jacobs,

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is December 17, 2018; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by the law.


Pay Compensation
$63000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Relocation allowance will be provided.
Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 17, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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