Postdoctoral Research Associate

UW Physics

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Postdoctoral Positions in Cosmology

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for two postdoc positions in cosmology to begin in Fall 2021. The successful candidates will collaborate with members of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST DESC) on studies of dark energy, dark matter, neutrino properties, and physics of the early Universe.

The postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to work directly with the Rubin Observatory Project Commissioning Team contributing to science validation activities using on-sky commissioning data. The overall goal of Science Validation is to quantify the range of demonstrated performance of the as-built system by using a combination of on-sky data, informed simulations, and external datasets. Visits to the observatory in Chile, and/or other Rubin Observatory Project sites may be needed to facilitate this work.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with research interests in the following areas:

(1) Commissioning science validation for Rubin Observatory with an emphasis on enabling accurate cosmology with early LSST data

(2) Strong gravitational lensing including lens finding in optical and/or radio surveys, analysis of high-resolution follow-up imaging (radio, sub-mm, and/or optical), and lens modeling; astrophysical probes of dark matter

The initial postdoctoral appointments are for two years, renewable up to three years. Applicants should have completed a PhD before the anticipated start date in Fall 2021.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief statement of research interests here. You will be asked to provide the contact information for three individuals who can separately send letters of recommendation. The position will remain open until filled; however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials (and to ensure that the three letters of recommendation are received) by 17 December, 2020. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Keith Bechtol (

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.