Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume) :
Ph.D. in Astrophysics or closely related field or foreign equivalent degree by September 2021. Previous work on galaxy clusters.
Preferred Qualifications: Strong background in one or more of the following: (1) analysis of large astronomical datasets; (2) weak gravity lensing; (3) photometric redshift estimates; (4) cluster cosmology; and/or (5) statistical inferences from astronomical data.
Brief Description of Duties: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher working on clusters of galaxies. Work that will inform cluster cosmology with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (www.lsst.org, www.lsst-desc.org/) is particularly encouraged. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Anja von der Linden in the Stony Brook Cosmology Group. Collaborations with nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and/or the Center for Computational Astrophysics are possible.
The primary purpose of this position is to perform research, in collaboration with Dr. von der Linden, the Principal Investigator (PI), on clusters of galaxies, with a particular emphasis on cluster cosmology and cluster weak lensing. Work that will inform cluster cosmology with the LSST project is particularly encouraged. The incumbent would also participate in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students on research projects.
Perform research on galaxy clusters in collaboration with the PI. In particular, the incumbent will be expected to analyze optical, and potentially X-ray and millimeter, observations to estimate the masses of galaxy clusters. In the process, s/he will need to carefully assess the systematic uncertainties of the measurements and find ways to quantify and mitigate them. The incumbent will use these estimates to inform inferences on cluster cosmology. The incumbent will be evaluated for his/her creativity, quantitative skills, and capabilities to clearly present the results of his/her work with scientific papers and seminars.
Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the research group.
Present results of research at conferences, workshops and collaboration meetings.
Assist PI with preparation and submission of applications for telescope time and external research funding, as well as progress reports to sponsors and publications.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
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