Postdoctoral Opportunities at KIPAC

The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a young and vibrant research institute focused on answering a wide range of exciting and fundamental questions in astrophysics and cosmology.  

We offer postdoctoral opportunities for  recent Ph.D. scientists of exceptional promise in astrophysics, cosmology, and extrasolar planetary science. These positions offer opportunities to develop innovative research programs in these areas using computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical approaches.  Existing research programs at KIPAC include studies of dark energy, cosmic dynamics and structure formation, probing inflation with Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiments, searches for dark matter, and studies of black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, stars (including the sun), extrasolar planets, and other astrophysical sources.  A list of KIPAC Faculty research interests is here.

KIPAC Scientists are involved in many key projects which are, and will continue to, push the limit of current knowledge for many years to come.  Existing research programs at KIPAC include studies of dark energy, cosmic dynamics and structure formation, probing inflation with Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiments, searches for dark matter, and studies of black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, stars (including the sun), extrasolar planets, and other astrophysical sources. KIPAC members are involved in several experimental and survey projects which include cosmic surveys including (DES), DESI, and (LSST);  CMB experiments including BICEP/Keck Array , the Planck Satellite, the South Pole Telescope, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, and LiteBIRD; dark matter experiments including (CDMS)/SuperCDMS, LUX-LZ, and hidden photon dark matter searches;  gamma-ray and X-ray surveys including the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, NuSTAR, Astro-H, and Athena; CO intensity mapping; High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics; and studies of extrasolar planets including the Gemini Planet Imager, as well as and many other projects and observatories listed in our research and projects pages.

Our interests span instrumentation, observational and theoretical (both simulations and analytical) exploration of fundamental physics. KIPAC offers access to excellent laboratory facilities for instrument development and significant computational resources for theoretical astrophysics research and data analysis.  

Applications for the current postdoctoral competition are due on November 7, 2016.  Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

Job Postings on AAS Job Register:

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Please submit your application materials at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7609. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a 3-page statement of research interests, publication list and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site.  KIPAC Fellowships offer competitive salary and benefits.  KIPAC especially encourages applications from candidates that will diversify the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology.  

Applicants will automatically be considered for all available postdoctoral opportunities at KIPAC.   For the coming year, these opportunities include:

CMB: The SLAC/Stanford/KIPAC CMB group is searching for excellent postdoctoral candidates in several areas (1) inflation-search analysis of multi-frequency datasets from the BICEP/Keck program in conjunction with external datasets (e.g. Planck, WMAP, SPTpol)  (2) advanced instrumentation for next-generation CMB experiments BICEP Array, Simons Observatory and CMB-S4 (3) development and integration of custom electronics and a cold-to-warm readout architecture for microwave-interrogated detector schemes eg. microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) or transition edge sensors (TES) coupled to microwave SQUIDs. Successful candidates will have a track record of expertise and ingenuity relevant to at least one of these areas, but will have latitude to extend their research into other areas of our CMB program. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Zeesh Ahmed.

LSST Camera: The LSST group at SLAC and KIPAC is seeking an outstanding individual to join our group in building and characterizing the LSST camera. SLAC is leading the design, construction and integration of the 3.2 giga-pixel Camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the assembly and system testing of the camera will occur at SLAC. The ideal candidate would take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to the construction of this unique instrument, and would pursue a vigorous research program relevant to the success of the camera in meeting LSST’s science goals. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity for research related to the science anticipated with the LSST.

Numerical simulations and modeling of cosmic surveys: Risa Wechsler's group at KIPAC/Stanford/SLAC is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate to work on modeling and simulations of cosmic surveys, including opportunities to be involved in cosmological studies or studies of galaxy formation with DES, DESI, LSDT, CANDELS, and WFIRST or in simulations and observations of the local universe. Experience in large numerical simulations and galaxy modeling is preferred. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter expressing interest in this position, and will also be considered for all available positions at KIPAC.

Kavli and Porat Fellowships

The Kavli and Porat Fellowship programs offer outstanding young scientists with experience in computation, instrumentation, observation and theory, opportunities to develop innovative research programs in astrophysics and cosmology. Kavli and Porat Fellows will have the freedom to set their own research direction, but may collaborate with existing KIPAC groups when appropriate. Please use the same application as above.

External Fellowships

We are happy to support application for external Fellowships resident at KIPAC, and are proud to have supported several such fellows in the past. Interested prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact a KIPAC faculty member with overlapping research interests about their application.

Einstein Fellowships

Hubble Fellowships

Sagan Fellowships

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships

Jansky Fellowships

If you have already received an offer from KIPAC, please take a look at our information for new KIPAC members.  We look forward to welcoming you to our KIPAC community.