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Astrostatistics and astroinformatics are young fields but targeted jobs are emerging rapidly. We list here relevant positions from the American Astronomical Society Job Register, and invite ASAIP members and employers to inform the Editors of other openings. Note that the job descriptions here are not complete; see the Web links for official information.

2018-19 job advertisements

Positions from the 2018-19 are available here.  Positions in statistics (most unrelated to astronomy) can be found here

Faculty positions

(last update: Nov 21 2019)

Assistant Professor, Data Science (University of Delaware, USA) The University of Delaware invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in Data Science at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels . We are seeking exceptional candidates with interests in a wide range of topics within the mathematical, statistical, and computational foundations of data science including the development of the underlying theory, tools, and techniques necessary to extract meaning from large, complex or unstructured data sets.  This search is part of a university-wide “cluster” recruitment effort to expand research in data science and related areas. This cluster hire seeks interdisciplinary researchers attentive to the forefront of data science methodology.  The University has expertise in Big Data astronomy.

Assistant/Associate Professors – Physics Science and Data Science (Purdue University, USA) The College of Science at Purdue University invites applications for multiple positions in “Physical Science and Data Science” at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This opportunity is coordinated with concurrent searches in “Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics focused on Data Science” and “Data Science in the Life Sciences.”  We particularly encourage candidates who demonstrate the potential for collaboration across multiple disciplines. We expect that most faculty hired through this search will have interdepartmental joint appointments. College of Science Departments hosting research related to Physical Science include: Chemistry, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy, as well as Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Assistant Professor in Solar Physics and Astro-informatics (Georgia State University, USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level.  We are looking for a solar physicist with significant expertise in both the MHD of the solar corona and flares and in Big Data and Machine Learning, along with a desire to enhance GSU’s solar physics and big data curriculum, with a focus on minority and female education and mentoring. The new hire will join our Astro-informatics Cluster, a close collaboration between the solar/stellar physics and remote sensing for space sciences groups in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Computer Science department at GSU. Our Cluster is currently focused on space weather forecasting and is looking to merge two techniques (numerical simulations (SIM) and Machine Learning (ML)) into a fully integrated approach for data-driven solar physics research and space weather prediction.

Assistant Professor in Computational Astrophsycs (University of Georgia, USA)  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor in Computational Astrophysics. The Department is expanding into a number of the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas for research areas, including Multi-Messenger Astronomy (MMA). We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in neutron star merger/kilonova modeling, hydrodynamical simulations, and related areas. However, outstanding candidates in all fields of computational astrophysics will be considered.

Hire in Statistics (Case Western Reserve University, USA) The Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in Statistics to begin in AY 2020/2021. Preference will be given to candidates whose research is in areas of statistics that complement and interface with the existing expertise in the department and who can meaningfully interact with the current group of statisticians, probabilists, and applied mathematicians in the department. This hire is part of an effort to continue building a statistics group that interfaces well with faculty in other fields, including, for example, biology, physics, astronomy, biostatistics, as well as researchers in the Schools of Engineering and Management.

 Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Positions in Data Science for Large Astronomical Survey (Penn State University, USA) Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence in astrophysics, data sciences, computational and statistical sciences, through a cluster hire with a theme of Data Sciences for application to large astronomical surveys, such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. We seek outstanding data scientists with experience developing and/or applying advanced statistical and computational methods to making research breakthroughs with large astronomical surveys. This cluster hire initiative at Penn State is a partnership of the Institute of CyberScience with the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science and Penn State’s others centers of excellence, such as the Center for Astrostatistics, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, Center for Machine Learning and Applications, and Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos.

Tenure-track Assistant Professors in Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, JP) NAOJ announces tenure track assistant Professor positions for researchers with statistical knowledge who lead Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics in NAOJ. These are positions for researchers who have already used astrostatistics and astroinformatics to research various topics using clustering, density estimation, multivariate classification, false discovery rate, time series with lag and so on. The two successful candidates will stay in Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) in the first 5 years. During her/his stay in ISM, they are expected to develop the astrostatistics and astroinformatics in Japan not only to carry out cutting-edge researches but also to provide worthwhile scientific outcomes.

Faculty Positions in Exoplanet and Planetary Science (Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, CL) The Faculty of Engineering and Sciences (FES) of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) in Santiago, Chile, seeks applications for up to three open rank faculty positions in the area of exoplanet and planetary science beginning as soon as March 1, 2020.  All candidates in exoplanet or planetary science, broadly defined — and in particular extending to stellar astrophysics given its relevance to determine the properties of exoplanets — are invited to apply. For one of the positions, we are particularly interested in candidates whose research has a strong component in statistics and machine learning and seeks to advance the frontier in data analysis and modeling for exoplanetary data.

Assistant Professor – Astrophysics Experiment or Theory and Associated Data Science – Department of Physics (University of California Berkeley, USA) The Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley is conducting an open search to fill a tenure-track faculty position, with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. This position is open to all sub-fields of astrophysics, including experiment, observation, theory, or associated data science.

Astronomy and Astrophysics: Assistant Professor in Astrophysics (University of California Santa Cruz, USA) The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor tenure-track level. Outstanding candidates in all subfields of astrophysics will be considered. We are especially seeking applications from candidates with research interests in theoretical and computational astrophysics as well as in astronomical data science. UC Santa Cruz is one of the world’s leading centers for research in computational astrophysics, which includes the cross-departmental research unit Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz.

Assistant Professor in Advanced Physical Instrumentation and Data Analysis (University of Durham, UK)  The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented scientist to the role of Assistant Professor in Advanced Physical Instrumentation and Data Analysis.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI).We are interested in applicants who have a strong potential to develop instrumentation to advance scientific understanding in one of these fields and the subsequent processing and analysis of the recorded data.

Assistant Professor in Space Physics (Arizona State University, USA)  The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS) at Arizona State University invite applications for a joint appointment as tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in space physics.  We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates who approach space physics from varied perspectives, including theory, analysis, observation, and/or instrument development.  Examples of research and teaching areas of interest include data analysis, computation, or engineering methods used to enable the study of space physics.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics at NYU/CCA (Flatiron Institute, USA)  The Department of Physics at New York University (NYU), jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for a joint position.  We seek candidates working on fundamental questions at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology using computational methods and/or modern data science approaches. The Center for Computational Astrophysics’ mission is to create new computational frameworks that allow scientists to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to cosmology.

A tenure-track faculty position in Solar Physics (New Mexico State University, USA) The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University invites applications for a new tenure-track faculty position in solar physics, with a focus on diagnosing the fundamental physical conditions in the Sun’s atmosphere through spectropolarimetry. The successful candidate will seek to establish and maintain an active teaching and research program that will contribute new analytical tools in order to extract physical plasma parameters in the solar atmosphere from existing and future observational data.

Faculty Position in Astrophysics and Applied & Computational Mathematics (Princeton University, USA)  The Department of Astrophysical Sciences in partnership with the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) at Princeton University seeks applications for a tenured or tenure track Professor working in areas of astronomy and applied and computational mathematics. We are particularly interested in applicants who are involved in development, implementation, and application of computational methods to solve fundamental problems in astrophysics.  The successful candidate will also join the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE).

Assistant Professor (California State University San Bernardino, USA)  The Department of Physics at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to teach computational physics and help build computation into all levels of the departmental curriculum as well as teach a broad spectrum of undergraduate courses.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Astrophysics/Computational Physics (Boise State University, USA) The Department of Physics at Boise State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track physics faculty position in either computational astrophysics or computational condensed-matter physics at the rank of Assistant Professor. Minimum qualifications include: Ability to build a vigorous, externally-funded research program that engages, mentors, and supports both undergraduate physics majors and PhD students in the Computing program; and expertise in computing, simulation, and data science.

Associate Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics (University of Chicago, USA) The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for tenured Associate Professor in any area of observational, experimental, theoretical, and computational astrophysics. We are particularly interested in candidates with research programs in the areas of Theoretical Cosmology, Exoplanets and Planet Formation, or Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics. See also the Assistant Professor position here.

Post-doctoral positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Planet Formation (Iowa State University, USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The postdoctoral researcher will join a rapidly growing planet formation group at Iowa State University.  The researcher will work on numerical and/or theoretical studies in the general area of planet formation. They will run simulations related to planet formation processes on both local HPC facilities and on XSEDE supercomputers.

Two postdoctoral positions in numerical astrophysics (Heidelberg University or CEA Saclay, DE or FR) The ERC synergy project “ECOGAL: Understanding our Galactic ecosystem — From the disk of the Milky Way to the formation sites of stars and planets” brings together European research groups in observational astronomy, numerical astrophysics, instrument development, and astroinformatics, with the goal to build a unifying predictive model of star and planet formation in the Milky Way and to understand the Galaxy as a complex dynamically evolving ecosystem. Previous experience in high-performance computing, in conducting hydrodynamical cosmological simulations, in analyzing large data sets, in writing/modifying multi-purpose codes such as Ramses or Arepo, and/or in ISM dynamics and star and planet formation modeling in general is desired.

Data Science Scholar (Northwestern University, USA) Data Science Scholars will join a university-wide initiative advancing Data Science throughout Northwestern.  Scholars will have joint-appointments with the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and Data Science (NICO) and another Research Center matching their area of expertise.  We are looking to recruit 2 Scholars annually who will be appointed across a number of research areas spanning the physical, chemical, biomedical, behavioral, social, economic, information, and communication sciences.  The aim of the program is to offer a unique opportunity to expand the Scholars’ domain-focused research portfolio, and simultaneously establish their reputation as leaders in the exploding field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

One Postdoctoral contract Computational Astrophysics 2019 (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, ES) The Galaxy Evolution Theory Group of the IAC provides expertise in all theoretical aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, numerical simulations data and references to the large observational group working in extragalactic astronomy. The successful candidate will pursue research related to: numerical astrophysics, formation and evolution of galaxies; development of numerical models and design of numerical simulations; analysis of simulation data with focus on galaxy evolution.

Postdoctoral Associate in Astrophysics (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) The High Energy Physics and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory groups at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are seeking applicants for postdoctoral research within our groups. The incoming postdoctoral associate will work on the application of machine learning algorithms, heterogeneous computing combining CPUs, GPUs, as well as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to real-time data acquisition, triggering and physics science analyses. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or computer science.

Postdoctoral position in observational, theoretical, and numerical cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics (University of California Santa Barbara, USA) The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue innovative research projects in the ENIGMA group. Research areas currently being pursued by the group include: quasar absorption line analysis, studies of the intergalactic medium (IGM) using the Lyman-alpha forest, cosmic reionization, the circumgalactic media (CGM) of galaxies, cosmological simulations of the IGM, CGM, and galaxy formation, observations of high-redshift galaxies and active galactic nuclei, and astronomical data analysis (i.e. data reduction, mining large surveys, novel statistical methods, machine learning).

Postdoctoral position in strong gravitational lensing and numerical simulation (EPFL School of Basic Sciences, CH) Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions funded through the ERC AdG project “COSMICLENS: cosmology with strong gravitational lensing” and focusing on cosmography with time delays in lensed quasars and supernovae. The project is based on 1- massive lens monitoring at various telescopes, 2- lens modeling (incl. development based on sparsity methods) 3- analysis of ancillary data with e.g. VLT, HST, JWST, 4- lens finding in existing surveys as well as in Euclid, 5- testing lens model degeneracies with hydro simulations. Eventually, combining all 5 points above will yield to a full cosmological analysis, in the context of the COSMOGRAIL and H0LiCOW programs.  The successful candidate(s) will be based at the STAR institute of University of Liège, in Belgium

Postdoctoral position in deep learning for weak gravitational lensing (CEA Saclay, FR) The CEA Saclay astrophysics department (DAp) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in cosmology. The successful candidate will work on weak-gravitational lensing, and develop cutting-edge machine- and deep-learning methods for galaxy shape measurement. The successful candidate will join the AstroDeep team that gathers experts in cosmology, weak lensing, deep learning, data mining, Bayesian neural nets, and other related fields. The objective of this postdoctoral research is to identify and develop well-suited machine-/deep-learning tools to solve problems of weak-lensing data processing for the upcoming large cosmological surveys Euclid and LSST. Existing ground-based data from the UNIONS/CFIS survey is available to test the methods developed in this project. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the Euclid and UNIONS/CFIS consortia. The candidate should hold a PhD in either physics/astrophysics, engineering, mathematics or computer science.

Postdoctoral position in exascale galaxy formation (Michigan State University, USA) Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in computational structure formation at Michigan State University.  The successful candidate will study galaxy formation using the Enzo-E code, which is a complete rewrite of the Enzo AMR code that uses the Charm++ parallel programming system to take advantage of the design of exascale-class supercomputers. The responsibilities of this position include performing research in theoretical galaxy formation and participating in Enzo-E code development within the Enzo-E collaboration in support of this research.

Postdoctoral research associate – computational astrophysics (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of our Computational Astrophysics team. In this role, you will focus on state-of-the-art simulations for core-collapse supernovae, both analyzing the results of current simulations and developing the next-generation of simulation code and analysis tools. This position resides in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Physics Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and is part of the Towards Exascale Astrophysics of Mergers and Supernovae (TEAMS) project supported by the DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies (Rhodes University, ZA) The Rhodes University Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies is calling for applications for 3-year postdoctoral fellowships in observational radio astronomy and/or radio astronomy techniques and technologies. RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver, with a particular focus on MeerKAT data processing. We are looking for two kinds of candidates: observational radio astronomers with experience in data reduction and an interest in techniques, algorithms and software, or mathematicians and/or signal processing specialists with an interest in developing algorithms and software for radio astronomy. The ideal candidate will have proven software development skills and will be motivated to develop and/or validate new radio data processing algorithms.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics (Dublin City University, IE) Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Astrophysics and Relativity in Dublin City University. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the development and use of the next generation AMR code Enzo-e, the Exascale successor of the orginal Enzo code and is designed to run on tens of thousands of cores. The successful applicant will be expected to be able to develop new physics capabilities in the area of seed black hole formation which can be integrated into the Enzo-e code base.

Postdoctoral Fellow/Computational Data-Science Fellow (University of California Berkeley, USA) The Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for BCCP Postdoctoral Fellows and for Computational Data-Science (CDS) Fellows. The BCCP Fellows are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in cosmology. The CDS Fellows will have their research focused at the intersection between data science and physical sciences. At least one position will be jointly with the Berkeley Foundations of data analysis institute (FODA).

Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Science (University of Zurich, CH)  The Planetary Science group at the Institute for Computational Science at the University of Zurich invites applications for a postdoc position. Preferred research areas include planet formation and evolution, and planetary interiors.

Postdoctoral Scholar- Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology (University of Washington, USA) We invite applications to apply for the Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology (DIRAC) Postdoctoral Positions in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington.These 3-year positions are available to promising, early-career researchers who are interested in working on scientific research that complements or extends the current active research programmes at DIRAC (Solar System science, Milky Way structure, the Variable and Transient Universe, Extragalactic Science, Cosmology, Astronomical Software). We welcome applicants who: are excited to work with new data sets like those produced for example by Gaia, ZTF, WISE, PanSTARRS1, TESS, and LSST; are interested in exploring and applying new statistical and computational techniques to these data sets, and how to extend current methodology to be applicable in the era of big data; are enthusiastic about collaborating with researchers across all areas of astrophysics and are curious about building connections with scientists from other fields like computer science and statistics.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Time Domain Astronomy (California Institute of Technology, USA) The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech will offer one or more postdoctoral fellowships in time domain astronomy. Active research projects include: Optical transient, Galactic variable, and Near Earth Object searches with the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF);  Infrared transient and variable searches with the ongoing Palomar Gattini-IR survey and upcoming Widefield INfrared Transient ExploreR (WINTER) survey;  Data mining of extensive light curve archives for systematic studies of AGN variability and a variety of variable stars; Fast radio burst interferometric localization and multi-wavelength follow-up, and CGM/IGM characterization based on the 110-antenna Deep Synoptic Array (DSA-110), and the VLA/realfast project; Low frequency radio transients; VLA and VLBA follow-up of compact binary mergers; Radio pulsar and FRB observations.

KIAA-SHAO Joint Fellowships (Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, CN) The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO), Chinese Academy of Sciences invites applications for four Joint Fellowships to start in 2020, as part of a new Joint Center of Astrophysics that establishes close links between KIAA and SHAO. This fellowship will support outstanding postdoctoral scientists to carry out their independent research, with a preference for cosmology, galaxy astrophysics, black hole astrophysics, and computational astrophysics.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Breakthrough Listen (University of California Berkeley, USA) The Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for two Postdoctoral – Employees in the areas of astrophysics, astrobiology, machine learning and/or high speed digital signal analysis in support of the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. Breakthrough Listen employs telescopes around the world to conduct the most comprehensive, intensive and sensitive search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence ever undertaken.  Deploying the necessary instrumentation for the search involves designing and constructing new high­-speed digital electronics and novel signal processing software, able to process terabit­ scale data streams.

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, DE) The Excellence Cluster ORIGINS invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to pursue research in the ORIGINS Data Science Laboratory (ODSL). The Excellence Cluster Origins will study the evolution of the cosmos – from the inception of the Universe to the first building blocks of life.The Excellence Cluster Origins will study the evolution of the cosmos – from the inception of the Universe to the first building blocks of life. The ODSL will provide a pillar for novel analysis methods, algorithms and computational tools to fully exploit high-dimensional, complex data sets. ODSL will develop advanced techniques for pattern recognition in noisy data and for the identification and extraction of weak signals. Modern techniques in machine learning will be employed as well as augmented reality and visualization techniques in the extraction of scientific results.

Postdoctoral researcher in exoplanets (Louisiana State University, USA)  Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral researcher position at Louisiana State University to work in the area of exoplanets and/or time-domain survey astronomy. The researcher will work within Professor Matthew Penny’s group on analysis of data from ongoing surveys, or preparations for upcoming surveys, of exoplanet demographics using the transit or gravitational microlensing techniques. The researcher will also have the opportunity to develop and apply machine learning techniques in collaboration with members of LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics (Niels Bohr International Academy, DK) The Theoretical Astrophysics Group and the Computational Astrophysics Group at the Niels Bohr International Academy and The Niels Bohr Institute invite applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who will contribute to the development of joint research programs at the interface between theoretical and computational astrophysics. Current research areas encompass star and planet formation, protoplanetary disks and black hole accretion disks, as well the physics of gravitational waves sources. Strong analytical skills, and/or experience with high performance computing with MHD, radiative transfer, and/or particle-in-cell codes and N-body codes in conventional or GPU-accelerated hybrid architectures will be considered valuable assets.

Hintze Fellowship in the Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys (University of Oxford, UK) The Department of Physics invites applications for a fellowship in the University of Oxford Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys. The Centre is focused on the exploitation of current surveys to build a platform for Oxford participation in LSST, Euclid, SKA and the EELT. The fellow will use novel statistical approaches to extract the maximal information from such surveys. Experience of using and analysing data from deep imaging surveys, with a view to optimally combining photometry from different telescopes to improve photometric redshifts for cosmology and galaxy evolution studies with LSST, would be advantageous

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Stellar Astronomy and Statistics (American Museum of Natural History, USA) The Astrophysics department of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in stellar and exoplanetary science with a focus on statistical methods. The successful candidate will work on Kepler/K2, TESS and Gaia data to study stars using statistical methods for time series analysis and population statistics.  A background in stellar or exoplanetary astrophysics, and/or statistics and machine learning methods is preferred.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Computational Astrophysics (Clemson University, USA)  A postdoctoral position based at Clemson University, with extended visits to Columbia University, is available in the area of computational astrophysics. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to work on topics relating to gravitational wave emission by supermassive black hole binaries, and the physics of gas accretion in these systems. The candidate should have extensive knowledge of numerical methods for magnetohydrodynamics, and be proficient in high performance computing.

Postdoctoral research positions for the PKING project (Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, CN) The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China invites applications for up to 6 postdoctoral research positions to participate in the PKU-KIAA Innovation NSFC Group (PKING) project. We seek qualified applicants with observational and theoretical expertise in one of the following topics including: (3) Sky-Survey Science imaging and spectroscopic surveys, time-domain astronomy, and large-data science.  Relevant expertise includes general familiarity with any of the following areas: handling of large astronomical data sets, imaging and spectroscopic data reduction and analysis, slitless spectroscopic data reduction, general knowledge of high-redshift quasars and galaxies, galaxy dynamics, stellar population modeling, weak lensing analysis, photometric redshift estimation, general knowledge of supernovae and other transient events.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Time-Variability Galactic Astronomy (Johns Hopkins University, USA) The Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral position in time-variability Galactic astronomy taking advantage of recent and emerging data from time-domain surveys: WISE, Gaia, ZTF, TESS, and others. Possible research directions include, but are not limited to: variability of young stellar objects and planet formation; main-sequence and evolved stellar binaries; stellar variability probes of Galactic structure and Galactic evolution.

Duke Cosmology Fellowship (Duke University, UK) The cosmology group at Duke University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral fellows in the area of cosmology (observational and theoretical), time-domain astrophysics, and new techniques in statistical and image analysis. Potential research topics for this position could include cosmology with large-scale structure, Type Ia supernovae, and weak gravitational lensing; statistical studies of heterogeneous datasets; electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave sources; innovative methods in image analysis for large surveys; studies of astrophysical contributions to cosmological signals; and higher-order summary statistics.

Postdoctoral positions in Statistical Astronomy (Princeton University, USA) The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for one or more postdoctoral, senior research, or specialist positions in statistical astronomy. The successful candidate(s) is expected to carry out original research in statistical analysis or machine learning of large survey data in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students. The positions are funded by the Schmidt Futures Foundation as part of the AI Accelerator program. It seeks to increase the utilization and yield of research data by incorporating modern machine learning methods. We seek innovative ideas for data collection or utilization, and particularly encourage applicants with a strong background in statistical modeling and machine learning to apply.

Postdoctoral positions in Computational and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics (University of Helsinki, FI) The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is inviting applications for two ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics and gravitational wave physics. The positions are offered within the ERC-Consolidator Grant Project KETJU (Post-Newtonian modelling of the dynamics of supermassive black holes in galactic-scale hydrodynamical simulations).

McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cosmology (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) The Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cosmology. The McWilliams Center synergizes research of the Carnegie Mellon Departments of Physics, Computer Science and Statistics. Carnegie Mellon faculty participate, including in leadership roles, in multiple sky surveys.

LSST Survey Science Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Illinois, USA)  The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications from Ph.D. scientists for postdoctoral position working on survey science with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). We encourage candidates with broad interests in survey science and cosmology. The selected candidate will be part of the new Center for Astrophysical Surveys (CAPS) and will have access to facilities and data at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. NCSA leads data management and processing for the DES project and will be the global central hub for LSST processing, archiving, and serving terabytes of data that will be collected each night of the decade-long survey.

VIDA Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multimessenger Astrophysics (Vanderbilt University, USA)  The Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) announces the 2019 Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity in Multi-messenger Astrophysics (MMA).  We expect to appoint at least one Fellow specifically in gravitational-wave astrophysics and data analysis in the VIPER Group (Vanderbilt Initiative in Probes of Extreme Relativity).  VIDA research is focused on the burgeoning arena of astro-informatics, which confronts the challenges of Big Data analytics, often employs simulation-based methods and machine learning, and lives at the interface of astrophysics, data science, and statistics. Vanderbilt houses the Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE)cluster as well as a new Data Science Institute (DSI) with strong faculty connections in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Joint Rutgers/Flatiron Postdoctoral Research Associate (Rutgers University, USA) The Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral research position offered jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute in New York City. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on star formation, galaxy formation, the interstellar medium and fluid dynamics. The successful candidate will be expected to work on all or a subset of the above topics, be proficient in working with large data-sets (observational or numerical), running/analyzing numerical simulations, and may develop and lead their own projects within this framework.

Joint Princeton/Flatiron Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Astrophysics (Flatiron Institute, USA) As part of an initiative in theoretical and computational astrophysics, the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral or more senior research position, to be offered jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York City. The successful candidate will work in computational astrophysics, developing and applying algorithms and codes for theoretical studies in astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomical data sets, and working to apply these methods to obtain new scientific insights.

Flatiron Research Fellow, Machine Learning & Statistics (Flatiron Institute, USA) The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses. Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows at the CCA. CCA research groups are in the following areas: Astronomical Data; Compact Objects; Galaxy Formation; Gravitational Wave Astronomy; Cosmology X Data Science; Dynamics.  The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: computer science, machine learning and statistics with an interest in astrophysics cosmology and/or large datasets. Flatiron Research Fellows in ML/Stat will develop novel computational and inferential approaches for analysis of large datasets or generation of simulations including but not limited to the field of astrophysics.

Space Telescope Prize Research Fellowships (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA) The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for the 2020 Lasker Fellowship, an STScI-funded program designed to provide up to 3 years of support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers working on innovative astronomical studies involving the use or creation of one or more of the following: large astronomical databases, massive data processing, data visualization and discovery tools, and machine-learning algorithms. Lasker Data Science fellowship recipients are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the opportunities provided in the “Big Data” era of astronomy and to take significant advantage of the archived datasets held (or planned for ingest) at STScI, including HST, GALEX, Kepler/K2, PanSTARRS, TESS, JWST, and WFIRST.

STScI Fellowship Program (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA)  The Space Telescope Science Institute will award several postdoctoral fellowships to start in 2020. The goal of these fellowships is to offer outstanding early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programs while at the same time gaining valuable insight into the operation and support of major NASA facilities, including HST, JWST, WFIRST and archives (MAST).  Researchers experienced with theoretical, computational or data analysis techniques that could be applied to support observatory science are also encouraged to apply.

Illinois Survey Science Fellowship (National Center for Supercomputing Applications, USA) The National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications from Ph.D. scientists for the Illinois Survey Science postdoctoral fellowship. NCSA leads data management and processing for the DES project, is a partner in the construction and commissioning of LSST and, will be the global central hub for LSST processing, archiving, and serving terabytes of data that will be collected each night of the decade-long survey.

Computational Astrophysics Postdoc (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) brings together over 50 staff, postdocs, and students from across LANL, with expertise that spans a broad swath of topics in theoretical and computational astrophysics including planetary physics, stellar astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, transients, black hole astrophysics, plasma astrophysics, and cosmic rays.

Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA) The mission of the Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship program at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is to support innovative astrophysics research by offering to the next generation of developing independent researchers full access to the unique facilities, research staff and resources of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA).  The CfA also offers a number of specialized laboratories, the renowned Wolbach astrophysics library, an astrophysics statistics program, and several formal research initiatives open by application to Fellows. See also the CfA Postdoctoral Fellows program here.

Flatiron Research Fellowship (Flatiron Institute, USA) The Center for Computational Astrophysics’ mission is to create new computational methods, tools and frameworks that allow scientists to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to the Universe. Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows at the CCA. The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied math, computer science, or statistics.

Postdoctoral Position in Time-Domain and Multi-messenger Astrophysics (Northwestern University, USA)  The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate research position in the area of Time-Domain and Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The subject of investigation includes supernovae, tidal disruptions of stars by super-massive black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources.

Other positions

Software Engineer I-III (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA) The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to recruit a full-time software engineer to join their CASA teamto design, develop and maintain the code base for radio interferometer data reduction and analysis. They are responsible for all aspects of the software engineering lifecycle from requirements derivation through design, development, and integration in to telescope operations. CASA Software Engineers must be capable of formulating complex technical solutions suitable for operational deployment from broad scientific objectives in a research environment.  They must possess both software engineering domain knowledge as well as the educational background and ability to understand the basic scientific concepts of radio interferometry.

Sabbatical Visiting Researcher Program (Center for Computational Astrophysics, USA) The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is accepting requests from faculty members on sabbatical who are interested in visiting the CCA during the academic year 2020-2021. Located in New York City, the CCA’s mission is to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in an astrophysical and cosmological context.

Software Developer/Data Analyst for submm/FIR astronomy (University of Cologne, DE)  The I. Physikalisches Institut, Uni Koeln, specializes in the field of Astrophysics with a focus on submm/far-infrared astronomy. We develop heterodyne instruments, which are used at world-class telescopes like SOFIA and the future CCAT-prime. In addition to instrument building we also specialize in the calibration, reduction and interpretation of the data returned from our instruments. We are in the process to build a data pipeline and archive, and are seeking a Software Developer/Data Analyst that will help us with this task.

Scientific Platform Branch Manager (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA) Bring your passion for what you do and come join the Data Management Division (DMD) team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). STScI is looking for a Scientific Platform Branch Manager to provide leadership, supervision, technical direction, and mentorship of a complementary team of software engineers, database engineers and astronomers. DMD is responsible for a multi-petabyte astronomical data archive that maintains Hubble, Kepler, GALEX, TESS and future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission data.

Research Software Engineer (Institute of Advanced Studies, USA) The School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, has an opening for a research software engineer. The successful applicant will work with the faculty and members of the School to develop and maintain research software. This might include developing, implementing, and testing novel and emerging algorithms, helping to profile and optimize existing research software, or helping to parallelize and/or migrate existing codes to new high-performance computer architectures such as GPUs. The candidate would also help with training and education in topics related to software engineering and high-performance computing.

High Level Software Engineer (AURA/Gemini, Cl) The Gemini Observatory, managed by The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), has an immediate opening for a High Level Software Engineer position at the Gemini Facility in Chile. The High Level Software Engineer develops, maintains, supports and upgrades the Observatory Control System (OCS). The OCS provides the infrastructure and tools to support  proposal submission, program preparation, planning and execution of science projects, and is a critical component of the telescope operational software. The operational system is both Java and Scala-based but we are working towards upgrading it to a pure functional system using Scala and the Typelevel software stack. End-user tools will be web-based, using React, css, scala.js and JavaScript.