Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Description of research The BICEP/Keck experiments 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 collaborative enterprise.
Responsibilities/duties 70% Data Analysis Work with Prof. Pryke, his graduate students, and members of the BICEP/Keck Collaboration at other institutions (Harvard, Caltech, Stanford etc) to analyze the data from raw bolometer timestreams through to final scientific results. This involves problem analysis and planning, coding implementation, running of massively parallel computations on a sophisticated computer cluster, collation of results, and posting for internal collaboration review. A major re-analysis project is required which will require extensive pre-planning to implement a new analysis which builds on top of the existing one while maximally simplifying. Constant testing of the analysis pipeline through the use of simulations is critically important.
10% Keep up with current research Maintain familiarity with the latest results and methods in the field, reading relevant papers, organizing and participating in seminars and conferences.
20% Communication, dissemination and development Communicating research to the broader community by writing papers, submitting them for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Giving presentations at universities and laboratories and presenting results at domestic and international conferences.
Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.
Qualifications: Required: Applicant must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or related field. Applicant must have extensive knowledge and experience with data analysis from Cosmic Microwave Background experiments. Applicant must have extensive experience with programming in the Matlab language. Applicant must have a proven track record of working within a large scientific collaboration and the excellent communication and documentation skills that this requires. Substantial research and publication record.
Preferred: Previous experience with the BICEP/Keck experiments is preferred.
Internal Number: 338240
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