Southern Methodist University, Physics Department

Position ID:SMU-Physics Department-POSTDOC [#12785]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Position in Cosmology on DESI
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Dallas, Texas 75275, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Astroparticle Physics, astrophysics, Astrophysics (astro-ph), Astrophysics Experiment, Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2019/02/28help popup finished (2019/01/30, finished 2019/09/01, listed until 2019/04/30)
Position Description:    

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The Cosmology and Astrophysics group at Southern Methodist University (SMU) has an immediate opening for an outstanding postdoctoral research fellow in cosmology with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).

The successful applicant will carry out original research and play an important role in the analysis of DESI data. Opportunities to make substantial original contributions are high. DESI science includes a broad and exciting menu of measurements that will collectively provide the most sensitive probe of the expansion history of the universe out to redshift of 3.5. The successful applicant will also take a strong role in the deployment of DESI’s fast spectroscopic data reduction system required to ensure the survey reach its performance goals.

DESI is a next generation dark energy spectroscopic survey that will utilize robotically positioned fibers at the Mayall 4 m at Kitt Peak National Observatory, starting in late 2019. Ten fiber-fed, 3-arm spectrographs will cover 360 nm to 980 nm for 5000 targets per exposure. Over 5 years, more than 30 million galaxy spectra will be obtained for precise baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) measurements and a host of other astrophysical and cosmological studies. The required performance of the spectrographs is ensured by the fast spectroscopic reductions.

The Cosmology/Astrophysics group at SMU is actively engaged in science analysis preparations, including observational and calibration impacts on BAO measurements from emission line galaxies. The group is also involved in fast spectroscopic simulations and use of supernovae for cosmology. The wider SMU particle/astrophysics group pursues a diverse and vibrant research program including CMB cosmology, dark matter searches and stellar astrophysics (Simons Observatory, SuperCDMS, ROTSE), and experimental and theoretical particle physics (ATLAS, NOvA, CTEQ).

We seek a highly motivated applicant who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy or related fields. Experience with cosmology, galactic astronomy or spectroscopy is highly valued. Software development experience is a plus. The start date is negotiable and can occur immediately. The salary is competitive, and the initial appointment is for 2 years with the possibility for a third year.

For further information, contact Prof. Robert Kehoe ( Applications should be submitted electronically via AcademicJobsOnline under job #12785, and should include a cover letter, CV, research statement, publication list, and three letters of reference. The position will remain open until filled, however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by February 28, 2019 for full consideration.

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Further Info:
Department of Physics
Fondren Science Bldg., Box 0175
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0175

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