Postdoctoral Positions at the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with a focus on Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) surveys

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Large Academic
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452 Lomita Mall
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Applications are invited for up to two postdoctoral positions at the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with a focus on Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) surveys. The positions are intended to expand our work with the CMB experiments in which we participate, including BICEP/Keck Array, the South Pole Telescope (SPT), Simons Observatory, and CMB-S4.

We seek highly motivated candidates with a strong track record in data analysis, simulations and/or instrumentation development in observational cosmology or particle astrophysics, and expect them to work in one or more of the following areas: 1. Development and implementation of simulations and analyses of the CMB lensing signal, its cross correlation with optical datasets, and its removal in inflation searches. To this end, our groups actively work with datasets from SPT, DES and BICEP/Keck. 2. Development of dark matter searches using CMB lensing, temperature and polarization data, including searches for ultra-light axions. 3. Development of bolometric and calorimetric detector systems that cross cut CMB, X-ray and Quantum Information Science (QIS) applications with a focus on manipulation of superconducting resonators.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with one or more CMB science collaborations, and with faculty and staff scientists at KIPAC and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory involved in CMB, X-ray, dark matter, dark energy and QIS experiments and applications. KIPAC provides a stimulating intellectual environment for interactions with scientists pursuing observational, experimental, computational, and theoretical research relevant to the above areas.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics. The positions are available January 1, 2020 and expected to be filled no later than Summer/Fall 2020. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a description of research interests and skills using Academic Jobs Online: In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the reference writers through the Academic Jobs Online website.

For further information regarding the positions, please contact Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed or Dr. Shawn Henderson. Additionally, several faculty members and staff scientists are available to advise on this and related searches at KIPAC: Dr. Daniel Gruen, Professor Chao-Lin Kuo, Professor Kent Irwin, Professor Steve Allen, Professor Risa Wechsler.

Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are affirmative action and equal opportunity employers, committed to increasing the diversity of their workforces. We encourage applications from candidates from groups that are underrepresented in astrophysics and cosmology or who will bring additional dimensions to Stanford and SLAC’s research and educational missions.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
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