Contact:  ses47[AT]psu.eduLocation:  State College, PA, USA
The Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University are seeking one or more postdoctoral scholars in primordial cosmology and the cosmological implications of observations from large galaxy surveys such as HETDEX (Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment), and eBOSS of SDSS IV. Currently gathering commissioning data, HETDEX expects to observe about a million Lyman-alpha emitters over a 9 cubic-Gpc volume at redshift 1.9 < z < 3.5 during three years of operation time. As a part of SDSS-IV starting from June 2014, eBOSS plans to observe about a half million high-redshift galaxies 0.6 < z < 1 and QSOs. With such an unprecedentedly large number of objects and volume coverage, HETDEX and eBOSS will open a new window to the high redshift universe. Successful candidates will work with Prof. Donghui Jeong, Prof. Sarah Shandera and collaborators in the Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. More information can be found at http://www.hetdex.org (HETDEX), http://www.sdss.org/surveys/eboss/ (eBOSS) and information about the Departments and IGC can be found at http://www.astro.psu.edu (Astronomy & Astrophysics department), http://www.phys.psu.edu (Physics department), and http://igc.psu.edu (Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos). These positions require a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and experience with large surveys is preferable. Application materials including CV (including the list of publications), statement of research interest (max 3 pages), and three letters of recommendation should uploaded to Academic Jobs Online - https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8089. In addition, Penn State requires candidates to register and complete the Penn State application form at https://psu.jobs/job/66872. Application materials do not need to be uploaded to this Penn State site. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding on a yearly basis. The appointment will begin in Fall 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidate(s) are found. Complete applications received by December 15, 2016 will receive full consideration. Questions should be directed to Dr. Donghui Jeong (djeong[AT]psu.edu) or Dr. Sarah Shandera (ses47[AT]psu.edu). CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.