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Open opportunities for CMB-S4-related positions
This page is for advertising positions related to CMB research, e.g., postdocs, faculty, laboratory and technical positions. To post positions, send description and link to C. Reichardt.

 
Site Engineers/Technicians - Simons Observatory (San Pedro, Chile)
The Simons Observatory is a new mm-wave observatory being built in Northern Chile near San Pedro de Atacama that will observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to better understand the history and fundamental physics of the universe. We plan to start construction in April of 2019. For more information about this observatory, see http://simonsobservatory.org.

The Site Engineers/Technicians will report to the site manager. They will be responsible for execution of the construction of the site as directed by the site manager. Successful site engineers/technicians may have the opportunity to stay on after construction is complete to maintain operations of the observatory, which are planned through 2027 or later. There are two positions open.

If you are interested in these positions, please contact Kam Arnold, faculty at the University of California, San Diego, at arnold@ucsd.edu.Learn more

 
Site Manager - Simons Observatory (San Pedro, Chile)
The Simons Observatory is a new mm-wave observatory being built in Northern Chile near San Pedro de Atacama that will observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to better understand the history and fundamental physics of the universe. We plan to start construction in April of 2019. For more information about this observatory, see http://simonsobservatory.org.

The Site Manager will be responsible will be responsible for helping develop the plan for the Simons Observatory (SO) site, managing the execution of the Chilean part of that plan, and managing the site- related logistical operation of the SO. The successful candidate will be responsible for contacting and managing vendors, subcontracts, contract personnel, and the site engineers/technicians. They will be responsible for creating detailed work breakdown structures and sub-project plans, and presenting them to Professor Arnold and the SO planning committee for approval. A successful site manager may have the opportunity to stay on after construction is complete to manage operation of the observatory, which are planned through 2027 or later.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Kam Arnold, faculty at the University of California, San Diego, at arnold@ucsd.edu.Learn more

 
Harvard CMB Group Postdoctoral Fellowships
Review begins 25 Jan 2019
The Harvard CMB group invites applications for three Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow positions to pursue research related to cosmic microwave background measurements with the BICEP Array telescopes, the South Pole Observatory, and CMB Stage 4. The multi-institutional BICEP program produces extremely deep maps of polarization of the CMB at multiple frequencies from the South Pole, measuring gravitational lensing and galactic foregrounds and placing leading constraints on primordial gravitational waves. The BICEP Array project is upgrading the current program with new instrumentation to include over 30,000 detectors and five frequency bands, to be deployed and operated over the next five years. The program will continue to produce maps with groundbreaking sensitivity, while validating technologies and methodologies essential to Stage 3 and Stage 4 CMB science goals. A major focus is analysis of current and upcoming BICEP data, including joint analysis with data from the 10m South Pole Telescope and external datasets, to continue to improve lensing measurements, component separation, and constraints on primordial cosmology, as well as forecasting and design optimization for future efforts of the South Pole Observatory and CMB Stage 4.

Successful candidates will play a variety of leading roles spanning receiver and telescope design, deployment and operation, real time control code, optimization of data reduction and simulation on leading HPC infrastructure at Harvard and NERSC, and development of high-level analyses for survey combination and cosmological interpretation. Applicants should indicate which roles best match their experience and interest. Successful candidates will actively represent this research at conferences and take leading roles in preparation of results for publication. The postdoctoral fellow positions offer a highly competitive salary, an independent research fund and an allowance for relocation expense. The position will be renewed annually based on satisfactory performance, for an expected total length of three years. Joint appointments with collaborating institutions are possible and may be considered on a case by case basis.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the attention of Irene Coyle, Administrator for the Harvard CMB Group,via email: icoyle@cfa.harvard.edu, using subject line “CMB Postdoc”. Applications will be reviewed starting late January 2019 and will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, publication list and a description of past research and future plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Ms Coyle at icoyle@cfa.harvard.edu. Please ensure the candidate’s name is included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead and signed. Start dates may be between February and September 2019, with earlier starts desirable; applicants should have a PhD before the anticipated start date. Harvard University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented group.

 
Postdoctoral Position in Instrumentation for mm/submm Astronomy/Cosmology at Caltech
Review begins Sep 30, 2018
We are seeking to hire a postdoc to participate in the development of millimeter and submillimeter detectors. The successful applicant would split time between two projects:

1) Development of superconducting kinetic inductance parametric amplifiers for 20-110 GHz, with applications for spectroscopy, interferometry, and wide-field continuum and spectroscopic mapping. See Nature Physics vol 8, p. 623 (2012).

2) Development of technologies for continuum imaging in the 30-420 GHz range, possibly higher, for the study of CMB polarization, galaxy clusters via the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, and dusty sources such as dusty, star-forming galaxies and star forming regions and the ISM in our galaxy, including

* microstrip-coupled titanium nitride kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs)
* crystalline and amorphous silicon as a dielectric for KID capacitors and superconducting microstripline
* multiscale phased-array superconducting antennas for mm/submm wavelengths

For more details, see Ji et al, Proc. SPIE, 9153: 915321 (2014), doi:10.1117/12.2056777.Learn more

 
Postdocs in Experimental Cosmology at Argonne NL
The High Energy Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in the experimental cosmology group. Our group focuses on studies of the cosmic microwave background as part of the South Pole Telescope collaboration, including developing state-of-the-art instrumentation and data analysis for cosmological studies. Successful applicants will have opportunities for leadership roles in the analysis of data from the SPT-3G receiver on the South Pole Telescope, as well as in technology development for future CMB experiments (including CMB-S4). They will have access to multiple test and fabrication facilities, the latter involving close collaboration with the Materials Science Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, as well as the opportunity to collaborate closely with the computational cosmology group. Interactions with other groups in the High Energy Physics division, Fermilab, and the University of Chicago are highly encouraged.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field before the position begins. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Please submit a cover letter, research statement, CV, and three letters of recommendation to expcosmojobs@anl.gov. Short-listed applicants will be asked to also complete the form at https://www.anl.gov/hr/postdoctoral-applicants (job ID #404667).