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Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Data-driven cosmology with CHIME and other observations

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Department of Physics


Tempe, Arizona

Open Date

Aug 22, 2023


The Department of Physics in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work with Professor Simon Foreman on research in cosmology. The primary focus of this position will be on topics relevant to 21cm intensity mapping with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME, https://chime-experiment.ca) and upcoming Canadian Hydrogen Observatory and Radio-transient Detector (CHORD, https://www.chord-observatory.ca), such as the development of novel analysis techniques and theoretical descriptions of expected measurements. However, the successful candidate will also have the freedom to devote part of their research time to other topics in cosmology relevant to the interests of Prof. Foreman and others at ASU, including but not limited to large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background, and connections between cosmological observables and fundamental physics.

The successful candidate with become part of ASU’s Cosmology Initiative, which bridges the Department of Physics and the School of Earth and Space Exploration and spans experimental, observational, computational, and theoretical cosmology. The Cosmology Initiative includes research into the epoch of reionization with low-frequency radio observations (Judd Bowman, Danny Jacobs), the cosmic microwave background (Alexander van Engelen, Philip Mauskopf), theoretical cosmology (Matthew Baumgart, Damien Easson, Cynthia Keeler, Maulik Parikh, Tanmay Vachaspati), and other topics, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to interact with these and other researchers at ASU. This position will benefit from significant computing support, via ASU Research Computing resources and group allocations for the CHIME and CHORD Collaborations on a large external cluster.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position with an anticipated start date in fall 2024. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an expected renewal for a second-year subject to performance, and a potential renewal for a third-year subject to the availability of funding. This position carries a fiscal year salary of $67,000/year. Research funds will be provided for professional travel, personal computing equipment, and other work-related expenses. ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, etc. For more information, see https://cfo.asu.edu/benefits-guide-health.


Minimum Qualifications:

· A Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in physics, astronomy/astrophysics, or a closely related field by the time of the appointment. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree for the duration of the position.

· Commitment to working with diverse faculty, staff, students, and communities, and to advancing the ASU Charter.

Desired Qualifications:

· Ability to perform research in cosmology.

· Evidence of effectively communicating research through conference presentations and/or research publications.

· Computing experience in the context of scientific research (e.g. Python, C).

· Research interests complementary to those of Prof. Foreman and his research group

· Demonstrated experience performing scientific research both independently and as part of a team

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically using this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/130550

1. A current curriculum vitae with a publication list.

2. A statement of research accomplishments and interests (maximum 3 pages, excluding references). This statement must include an explicit discussion of how these accomplishments and interests are relevant to the advertised position.

3. Contact information for 3 references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration.

The initial deadline to apply is November 1, 2023. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter until the search is closed. For questions, please contact Prof. Foreman at simon.foreman@asu.edu.

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 receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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