This page is for advertising positions related to CMB research broadly defined, e.g., postdocs, faculty, laboratory and technical positions. To post positions, please send the description and link to C. Reichardt.
- Postdoctoral research Associate in Instrumentation at Cardiff, Mar 13, 2023
- Postdoctoral research Associate in CMB Foregrounds at Manchester, Mar 31, 2023
- Postdoctoral Research Associate in Detector Development at Cardiff, Mar 22, 2023
- Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cardiff, Apr 14, 2023
- Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Cosmology at UIUC, May 13, 2023
- Faculty Position in Physics at SISSA, May 19, 2023
- Software Engineer for Simons Observatory at Princeton, until filled
- Postdoc on lunar radio astronomy at Brookhaven, until filled
- BICEP/Keck postdoc at the University of Minnesota, until filled
- Research Scientist in meta-material coatings at FNAL, until filled
- Postdoc at NIST, until filled
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Instrumention at Cardiff, Mar 13, 2023
The Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate.
The research associate will work with a team of researchers developing instrumentation for current and future Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiments, including the Simons Observatory, CMB-S4, and the LiteBIRD satellite mission.
This research will cover significant aspects of the design, integration and testing of large ground-based CMB instruments, through to the design, development and qualification of critical optical components for future satellite missions.
There will be a particular focus on the development of additional receivers and optics tubes for the Simons Observatory.
The research associate will work within the active and diverse Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) at Cardiff. The AIG has a rich heritage in the field of mm and submm instrumentation, making significant contributions to many high-profile ground, balloon and space-based experiments.
The research associate will also work in collaboration with colleagues from our industrial partners, QMC Instruments Ltd and Sequestim Ltd, with a view to identifying commercial applications for the research.
Applicants are strongly advised to contact the PI Prof Peter Hargrave ahead of application.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Detector Development at Cardiff, Mar 22, 2023
The successful applicant will work within the Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) on an exciting and ambitious research programme to develop and deploy full Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID) based focal planes as part of the Simons Observatory. The arrays will be integrated into full optical and cryogenic systems being built at Cardiff and will be installed on the Simons Observatory’s 6-m large aperture telescope and two additional small aperture telescopes. This project will be the first deployment of Kinetic Inductance Detectors in a Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment and will accelerate the use of this technology for future CMB applications.
The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers developing detector technology at Cardiff as well as the wider Simon Observatory Collaboration and will contribute to the development of MKID based multi-chroic and polarisation-sensitive detector modules. The successful applicant will also work closely with senior process engineers working in the new Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) facility at Cardiff to develop the processing techniques and designs required to realise the MKID array architecture and meet the stringent requirements of a world-class observatory.
This post provides a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to demonstrate work on a large-scale and prestigious project as well as creating opportunities for the deployment of MKID technology in future CMB experiments.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in CMB Foregrounds at Manchester, Mar 31, 2023
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cardiff, Apr 14, 2023
The Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) at Cardiff University is seeking applications for a new postdoctoral research associate in experimental cosmology. This position forms a central part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to develop and demonstrate novel superconducting detector technology and measurement techniques for line intensity mapping (LIM) at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths (mm-LIM).
LIM is an emerging observational technique that can provide a new probe of large- scale structure (LSS) throughout the history of the Universe. LIM uses low angular resolution, spectroscopic observations of atomic or molecular emission lines to trace the large-scale fluctuations in the matter distribution. Knowledge of the rest-frame wavelength uniquely maps the spectral direction to redshift, leading to a rich astrophysical dataset that can be used to map the 3D distribution of LSS out to high-redshift.
The goal of this project is to establish mm-LIM as an independent probe of astrophysics and cosmology using large-format arrays of thin-film superconducting spectrometers. As the successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to engage with all aspects of the design, fabrication, testing, integration, and deployment of the first generation of ground-based instruments optimised for mm-LIM. Prior experience in these areas would be desirable, but not a requirement.
Working closely with PI Dr Pete Barry, you will join the SPT-SLIM collaboration, an international effort to construct a mm-LIM camera for the South Pole Telescope that is scheduled for its first deployment in Autumn/Winter 2023. You’ll also become a member of the MUSCAT collaboration, a bilateral partnership between UK and Mexican institutions to coordinate one of the primary receivers at the 50-m Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico. Through these major projects, you’ll have access to a range of opportunities to undertake lead roles in the technical design, manufacture, characterisation, and deployment of novel spectroscopic focal plane technology, all the way through to the development of the data analysis pipelines and final science data products.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Cosmology at UIUC, May 13, 2023
- Cryogenic camera development and deployment for the Terahertz Intensity Mapper (TIM). TIM is a KID spectrometer that will measure cosmic star formation history through a path-breaking measurement of line-intensity mapping from an Antarctic balloon.
- Next-generation measurements of the cosmic microwave background. The group is developing readout and optics for CMB-S4 (next-generation ground-based program) and instrumentation for Taurus (ultra-long-duration balloon mission to measure reionization and Galactic foregrounds). Analysis opportunities are available on current CMB data sets, including data from the December 2022 science flight of SPIDER.
Faculty position in Physics at SISSA, May 19, 2023
The Physics Area at the “Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati” (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, invites expressions of interest for a faculty position from outstanding female candidates with a strong research record in any of the fields covered by the Area (Astrophysics and Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics, Statistical Physics of Biological Systems, Theoretical and Scientific Data Science, Theoretical Particle Physics). The appointment procedure will be activated at the assistant professor, tenure-track, level*.
The successful candidate is expected to work as an independent principal investigator, promoting and leading research activities to complement the current expertise of the present SISSA groups, as well as to attract external funds, take an active part in the SISSA PhD teaching programme, and supervise graduate students (selected on a competitive basis and funded by bursaries provided by SISSA).
Software Engineer for Simons Observatory at Princeton, until filled
The department of Physics at Princeton seeks applicants for a research software engineer to work on the Simons Observatory (SO) project. SO is a millimeter-wave survey experiment currently being built for observations from the Atacama Desert in Chile, with a variety of scientific goals from probing the early universe to detecting millimeter-wave transients. The SO data analysis group at Princeton, led by Simone Aiola and Jo Dunkley, shares responsibility for producing and delivering sky maps and light curves for scientific analysis. The position will involve working with the SO Data Management team on topics including automation of the SO pipeline on HPC systems, algorithm development for optimization of research software, packaging and deployment of research software, and aspects of internal and public delivery of the SO data and software. This position is based in Princeton, NJ. Appointments are initially for one year, with the possibility for renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.
Postdoc on lunar radio astronomy at Brookhaven, until filled
A successful candidate will focus on the LuSEE-Night project, which will land a Dark Ages pathfinder experiment on the far side of the Moon. LuSEE-Night is scheduled to fly on the CS-3 mission of NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services in the second part of 2025. LuSEE-Night will demonstrate technical feasibility of the low-frequency (0.1-50MHz) radio observations from the far-side of the Moon. It will characterize the lunar far-side as a radio astronomy observatory and identify main sources of systematic errors for high precision observations. We are looking for a physicist to work on hardware, instrument development, and preparation for data analysis. Successful candidate will work with Anže Slosar. You will enjoy a high level of interaction with an international and multi-cultural scientific community.
Postdoc at SISSA, Dec 30, 2022
The Astrophysics & Cosmology Group (www.sissa.it/ap) of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA, Italy) is looking for Post-Doc researchers in the area of Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization Anisotropies and Cross-Correlation with the Large Scale Structure (Euclid), for 2 years to start in 2023.
The program is supported by the Italian Space Agency through the ASI-LiteBIRD (cosmosnet.it) and Euclid research grants, targeting the B-mode of CMB anisotropies in polarization, as observed by the LiteBIRD satellite in combination with ground-based telescopes such as the Simons Observatory and CMB-Stage IV, and tracers of the LSS through the Euclid satellite. Applicants are expected
to possess a robust expertise concerning CMB data analysis, with a particular focus either on the study, characterization, simulation and removal of foreground emission and/or instrumental systematic effects, or cross-correlation of CMB observables with LSS tracers.
SISSA is committed to promoting equality and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin. SISSA is an institute with exclusive focus on research and PhD education in Physics, Mathematics and Neurosciences, located in the beautiful seaside city of Trieste, in the North-Eastern tip of Italy, enjoying excellent quality of life and great outdoors. We have strong collaborative links with the Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe (IFPU, www.ifpu.it/), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (www.ictp.it), the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF; Observatory of Trieste, www.oats.inaf.it/index.php/en/) and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN; Trieste Section www.ts.infn.it/en/), as well as many other national and international institutions.
For further information please contact Carlo Baccigalupi and Nicoletta Krachmalnicoff ([email protected], [email protected]).
BICEP/Keck postdoc at the University of Minnesota, until filled
The researcher will work with Prof. Pryke on the BICEP/Keck experiements. These are state of the art Cosmic Microwave Background polarimeters located at the South Pole in Antarctica. Over the past decade these experiments have recorded large amounts of data. The analysis of this data through to publishable scientific results is an enormous effort, and a collaborative enterprise. The collaboration consists of UMN, Harvard, Caltech and Stanford.
Job Duties with percentages
The researcher’s duties will include the following:
15% Hardware and instrument development work in the lab at UMN or at collaborating institutions.
25% Deployment to South Pole in Antarctica to install, upgrade, integrate, comission and calibrate the BICEP/Keck experiments on site.
50% Developing and running the BICEP/Keck data analysis pipeline from raw data through to final science results. Internal documentation of this work and participation in regular meetings related to it, both in person and online.
10% Mentoring of undergraduates or graduate students on the above projects related to the UMN BICEP/Keck group.
Research Scientist in meta-material coatings at FNAL, until filled
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago invites applications for the position of Research Scientist, working in Associate Professor Jeff McMahon’s lab. The primary responsibility for this position involves day-to-day management of the development and fabrication of a novel anti-reflection coating for Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) instruments in the metamaterial laboratory at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Duties will include developing and optimizing the process and workflow, ensuring the design, fabrication, and testing of these optics meet the requirements. The Research Scientist will participate directly in this operation through calculations, fabrication, measurements, and analysis, as well as support the PI with mentorship of researchers who will collaborate on the project.
The Research Scientist will also have opportunities to collaborate more broadly in Simons Observatory and other CMB projects. This work could involve instrument development, instrument testing, calibration, and data analysis. The Research Scientist is expected to give public presentations at conferences and help prepare grants and reports on their research.
The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate! The Long-wavelength Project within the Quantum Sensors Group in the Quantum Electromagnetics Division on NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory seeks a researcher to join a multi-person team to develop microwave kinetic inductance detectors and other novel devices for applications at millimeter to far-infrared wavelengths.