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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.
2016-17 job advertisements

(Positions from the 2015-16 and previous years back to 2012-13 are available here)

Positions in statistics (most unrelated to astronomy) can be found here 

 

Faculty positions 

Assistant professor of Applied Statistics (Rochester Institute of Technology USA)  The School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for one or more tenure-track positions in Statistics at the Assistant Professor level. While candidates with expertise in any area of statistics are welcome to apply, we especially encourage applications from candidates with specialization in statistical learning, high dimensional statistical analysis, data science, and predictive analytics.  Interest has been expressed in astrostatistics. 

University lecturer in astrostatistics (University of Cambridge UK)  Applications are invited in any area of astrostatistics, including its theoretical, methodological and computational aspects. The field includes computational statistics, inference, algorithm development, machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, data visualization, signal processing and parameter estimation. This is a new post and is one of a number created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote inter-disciplinary activity in the Departments of the School. The successful candidate will be a member of the Statistical Laboratory in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and may choose to be a member of either the Department of Physics or the Institute of Astronomy. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in statistics or astronomy or physics or a cognate subject, and will be expected to contribute to the teaching programmes of both Departments at undergraduate and graduate level.

Instructional faculty COS Center for imaging Science (Rochester Institute of Technology USA) The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites candidates to apply for two tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level. We are seeking candidates with research expertise in 1) the field of computer vision and in 2) the field of earth remote sensing systems.

Junior Research Leader Positions (Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute KR) Center for Theoretical Astronomy, KASI, looks for creative and outstanding researchers for Junior Research Leader (JRL) positions in the field of computational astrophysics. The scientific scopes include studies of computation-intensive problems (Newtonian/relativistic hydrodynamics/magnetohydrodynamics, PIC, radiative transfer, N-body, and etc.) for various astrophysical objects, ranging from planets, stars, compact objects, galaxies, AGN, to clusters of galaxies, as well as developments of common computational tools (various codes, visualization, etc.).

Research Professor (California Institute of Technology USA)  The Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy (PMA) is seeking to identify outstanding candidates for the position of Caltech Research Professor to play an integral role in: (1) research in optical time-domain astronomy, (2) development of tools and techniques for time-domain astronomy, and (3) operations of the Zwicky Transient Factory (ZTF). Applicants should have a strong record in research and technique development in relevant areas of astronomy. 

Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Saint Mary's University CA) The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics with a particular interest in applicants in the area of computational astrophysics.   the University hosts the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA), an institute focused on promoting computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms, including the tackling of complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation and advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational observational facilities.

Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor (University of Arizona USA) The Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory (DA/SO) at the University of Arizona anticipate filling up to three tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in the coming year.  One or more of the positions will likely be filled with the intent of expanding our capabilities in instrumentation and/or big data. The University-wide Research Data Center provides our faculty access to high-end, local supercomputing resources (~275 TFLOPS) including distributed, shared-memory, and GPU architectures.

Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics *University of Texas at Dallas USA) The Department of Physics within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.  While we are particularly interested in applicants working on theoretical, computational and observational planetary sciences, we also welcome applications from excellent candidates working on cosmological simulations and in other areas of computational astrophysics.

Research scientist (University of KwaZulu-Natal ZA) The University of KwaZulu-Natal invites candidates from all areas of astrophysics and cosmology to apply for a 3 year research scientist position. The successful applicant will join the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit and be based in the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. ACRU members have a wide variety of research interests, and are involved in projects that include ACT, C-BASS, HERA, HIRAX, MUSTANG2, Planck, SCI-HI, Spider, SPT, XMM Cluster Survey, and several of the MeerKAT key science projects. 

Research Assistant Professor in Astrophysics (University of Pittsburgh USA) The University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a non-tenure-stream Research Assistant Professor position focused on strengthening efforts in survey astrophysics. The position will be based jointly at the Center for Simulation and Modeling and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ideal candidates will possess expertise in both survey science and large-scale computing and should be capable of contributing to the development of pipelines for dark energy analyses with LSST.

Senior archive scientist (Space Telescope Science Institute USA) The the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University seeks an archive scientist who will support archive projects to enhance the scientific utilization of the data and meta-data through existing and future data-mining techniques.

Faculty positions in mathematics and statistics (Texas Tech University USA)  Up to six faculty positions, preferentially assistant professorships, are offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX.  One area of concentration is statistics including biostatistics, statistical genetics, stochastic processes, functional data analysis, Bayesian statistics, nonparametric statistics, and image analysis.  Expertise in astrostatistics may be welcome.  

Faculty positions in statistics (Texas A&M University USA)  The Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University (College Station TX) anticipates multiple Assistant Professor positions.  The department already has strength in astrostatistics. 

Tenure track position in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Northwestern University)  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University invites applications for a new full time faculty position in astronomy and astrophysics, and who will become active members of CIERA, Northwestern's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (www.ciera.northwestern.edu). We are particularly interested in attracting astronomers with connections to major upcoming and current observational projects such as ALMA, JWST, LIGO, and LSST, and in potential interdisciplinary joint hires with planetary science, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, and engineering.

Faculty position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of California Irvine, USA) The University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to begin in Fall 2017. Outstanding candidates in all subfields of astronomy and astrophysics will be considered, with researchers working in the areas of planetary or exoplanet science, time-domain astronomy, and/or observational cosmology strongly encouraged to apply.

Tenure/Tenure-track faculty position in Big Data in Astronomy (University of California Riverside, USA) UCR is pursuing a cluster of hires to enhance research strengths in Data Science; such hires will have potential home departments in the Sciences and/or Engineering. Candidates will also join UCR’s Data Science Center and are expected to foster research collaborations with existing faculty across academic departments working on Data Science related topics. The Data Science Cluster is hiring for three positions this year, in the following areas respectively: (i) Genome Data Science, (ii) Statistical Approaches to Big Data and (iii) Big Data in Astronomy.

Assistant professor in astronomy (University of Virginia USA) The Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The candidate will join a diverse department with expertise in theoretical and observational astronomy and astrochemistry. The Department also hosts the Virginia Institute for Theoretical Astronomy (VITA). Further, the University of Virginia is committed to establishing an Anchor Program in Advanced Astronomy Data within the University's Data Science Institute to develop solutions to computational and data management challenges.

Tenure track Assistant Professor in Solar/Stellar Data Analysis (Georgia State University USA)  This individual will have a proven record in analyzing large amounts of solar and/or stellar data using modern methods of data analytics, and will help build an astroinformatics cluster on “The Solar/Stellar Connection” in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science and the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy at GSU.

Tenure Track Professor (Clemson University USAThe Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University seeks candidates to fill a faculty position in astrophysics at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or higher level.  We are considering applications from all areas of astrophysics in observation, theory, or big data. 

Assistant Professor (Mississippi State University USA)  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU expects to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Preference will be given to applications in computational astrophysics, Atomic/Molecular/Optical/Plasma Physics (AMOP), and experimental low-energy nuclear structure.

Assistant Professor in the Computational or Theoretical Astrophysics of Strongly Gravitating Systems (University of New Hampshire USA) The Department of Physics and Space Science Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) invite applications for a tenure-track position in the area of gravitational astrophysics, with a particular emphasis on the numerical modeling of compact objects and their gravitational or electromagnetic radiation.

Faculty positions in Astrophysics (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory CN) SHAO is seeking to fill three faculty positions in any area of observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics. Research fields include AGNs and high-energy astrophysics, galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, the structure and evolution of the Milky Way, galactic dynamics, numerical astrophysics, radio astrophysics, and extra-solar planets.   Members of the institute are actively involved in other important international and domestic projects such as SDSS-IV, LSST, LAMOST, HXMT, and FAST.

Assistant Professor in Astronomy (Columbia University USA) The Department of Astronomy at Columbia University invites applicants for an Assistant Professor position, to start July 1, 2017. We are looking for candidates in the area of Data Science and Computation, broadly interpreted, for a tenure-track position at Columbia that will begin with a three-year joint appointment with the new Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics.  The CCA, led by Prof. David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to play a leadership role in developing the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and data analyses.

Faculty position in Technology Development (National centre for  Radio Astrophysics IN) The NCRA, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research invites applications for permanent faculty positions in the area of technology development. Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centred on radio astronomy, where the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope is a major international facility. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and an excellent track record in developing technology (e.g. instruments/ software/algorithms) relevant to radio astronomy.

Tenure track assistant professor positions (University of Texas Austin USA) The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. We are particularly interested in applicants working on planetary systems science, star formation in the nearby Universe, stellar archeology, big data astronomy, and instrumentation.

Assistant/Associate Professor in theoretical astronomy (Stony Brook University USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured track faculty position in the field of Computational Astrophysics, with a focus on simulations.  The appointment will be made jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics in the Flatiron Institute, where the successful candidate will hold a group leader position.

Faculty position in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Northwestern University USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University invites applications for a new full time faculty position in astronomy and astrophysics. We are particularly interested in attracting astronomers with connections to major upcoming and current observational projects such as ALMA, JWST, LIGO, and LSST, and in potential interdisciplinary joint hires with planetary science, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, and engineering. 

Faculty position(s) in astrophysics and cosmology (Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, JP) Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study, has the ambitious goal of to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe from the synergistic perspectives of mathematics, theoretical and experimental physics, astronomy, and statistics. 

Staff positions in the astronomy group (ASTRON NL) The Astronomy Group at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, invites applications for two or more staff positions for research in astronomy. We are particularly interested in researchers with experience in the areas of low-frequency radio astronomy, long baseline interferometry, the design and execution of large surveys, wide-field HI astronomy, and data science and science extraction of large astronomical datasets. Affinity with instrumentation or astronomical software development would also be valuable.

Tenure track position in Physics and Astronomy (Franklin and Marshall College USA) Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  We are interested in candidates whose research area is in experimental/computational physics or computational/observational astrophysics.

Tenure track assistant professor in astronomy or planetary science (Northern Arizona University USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University is seeking excellent candidates for a tenure-track position in astronomy and/or planetary science at the Assistant Professor level.  We seek  expertise in exoplanets, astro-informatics, astro-chemistry, astronomical instrumentation, and/or observational astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics. 

Tenure track assistant professor of physics (Trinity University USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Trinity University (San Antonio TX) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Candidates in experimental, theoretical, observational, or computational research are encouraged to apply.

Archive scientist (Space Telescope Science Institute USA) The Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, is seeking Archive Scientists for our Operations and Engineering Division, Archive Sciences Branch. Come join the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) team.The archive scientists will support archive projects to enhance the scientific utilization of the data and meta-data through existing and future data-mining techniques.


Postdoctoral positions

The Statistics Section at Imperial College London seeks applications for the position of Research Associate with teaching duties, to start 15 September 2017. The post holder will conduct research under the supervision of Professor David van Dyk in collaboration with the CHASC International Center for Astrostatistics. The CHASC Center is an international consortium of astrophysicists and statisticians working to solve statistical challenges arising in astrophysics, solar physics, and particle physics.  The post also includes teaching duties at the undergraduate and MSc levels. 
 
The successful candidate will have a specialist knowledge of statistics, particularly in statistical computation, Bayesian method and astrostatistics or closely related areas, together with extensive experience in the development of statistical methods in astrophysics, solar physics, and/or particle physics, in order to collaborate with Professor David van Dyk. They will be expected to display clear evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, and have a good publication record commensurate with their experience.  In addition, the successful candidate will have recent experience of lecturing or tutoring in statistics, and will be able to demonstrate the potential to teach university level statistics effectively and enthusiastically at an introductory undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also have experience of promoting effective learning and interaction with students. Candidates will have a PhD in Statistics or a closely related discipline, and will have research interests in a relevant area of statistical science.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate potential as both an independent researcher and as an undergraduate lecturer.  Salary Range: £36,070 – £43,350 per annum. Fixed term 30 months. Closing Data: 6 June 2017. Further information about the Statistics Section can be found at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/statistics and information about the CHASC Center can be found at http://hea-www.harvard.edu/AstroStat/  For informal discussions about this position, please contact Professor David van Dyk (dvandyk@imperial.ac.uk) or Professor Niall Adams, Head of the Statistics Section.  
How to Apply: Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/employment  (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017076KL into "Keywords"). Please download the application form, complete and upload also providing a CV, list of publications, and then names of three referees prior to submitting your application.

Junior Chair in Data Science for Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences (University Grenoble Alpes FR)  The Data Institute of the Université Grenoble Alpes invites applications for a 3-year junior research chair in Data Science for Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences. We are looking for candidates that will accelerate the uptake of data science analytics in Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences. Candidates should be either: a domain scientist with experience in applying modern data analytics in his/her field and/or experience in open source scientific software development; or a data scientist (computer science, machine learning, optimization, signal processing, statistics) with a proven track record in the proposed field of application and a strong motivation for advancing knowledge in Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences.

Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowships (Harvard University USA)  The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its inaugural Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. The normal duration of the Fellowship is two years. We are looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus.

Postdoctoral research position adapting astronomical software to protect endangered animal species (Liverpool John Moores University UK)  Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position adapting astronomical software for use on aerial drone footage, to help ecologists protect endangered animal species and conserve Earth’s biodiversity. The successful applicant will work with the Astro-Ecology group at the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University in collaboration with a conservation biologist. The group is tackling one of the main challenges in drone/conservation research — efficiently extracting pertinent science information from the exponentially growing volumes of video data being produced.

Postdoctoral researcher in solar forecasting (Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research JP)  The Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) at Nagoya University seeks a post-doctoral researcher for cross-disciplinary research into the understanding and forecasting of solar energetic events. The successful candidate may have a background in solar physics, statistics/applied mathematics, image processing techniques, and/or computer science. The project centers on statistical examination and novel analysis of solar observational data, spanning sub-disciplines from model validation to evaluation of operationally-designed event forecasting systems. 

Postdoctoral scholar (California Institute of Technology USA) Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, Caltech.  The successful applicant will work  on topics such as: (1) Multi-mission, multi-resolution cataloging and photometry across multiple datasets, (2) Image-domain statistical analysis of populations of sources at multiple wavelengths, and (3) Likelihoods and foregrounds maps from joint analysis of cosmological data sets.

Research fellow in data intensive science (University of Portsmouth UK)  The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) intends to appoint a Research Fellow in Data Intensive Science.  Data Intensive Science (or “Big Data”) has been recognised by the UK government as one of the eight great technologies. This fellowship is to build capacity in this exciting area of research and innovation, drawing on a variety of data-rich possibilities at the University of Portsmouth. The post is based in the ICG which is recognised for its world-leading research in large complex data (e.g. SDSS, DES, LSST and SKA).

Postdoc in optical astrophysics and space science (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory USA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is looking to fill a number of Postdoctoral positions for Researchers to work on modeling and simulation in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, advanced computer systems, and advanced spacecraft technology. Topics include: image analysis, statistical Bayesian models & deep learning algorithms; Monte Carlo computation & uncertainty quantification, High Performance and distributed computing.

Postdoctoral research associate (University of Illinois USA) The Laboratory for Computation, Data, and Machine Learning anchored in the Astronomy Department and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the Tree Building Blocks (TBB) team. The ideal candidate would have a PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, data science, physics, astrophysics or related fields with an extensive experience in high performance computing including advanced knowledge of the C++ and Python programming languages.

Postdoctoral positions with LSST and DIRAC (University of Washington USA)  The DIRAC Institute and LSST group in the Astronomy department at the University of Washington have openings for two postdoctoral or research scientist positions. These positions are to help with the processing and analysis of data from the Zwicky Transit Factory (ZTF) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).  We seek researchers with a strong research record in time domain astronomy (including transient and variable sources), a background in computational  techniques, and an interest in large scale computational problems.

Statistical methods for cosmic web analysis (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatial Orsay FR)    The ByoPiC (The Baryon Picture of the Cosmos) team invites applications for postdoctoral positions in large scale structure and cosmology with the objective of mapping and characterising the baryon distribution at the largest cosmic scales. The successful candidates will work on the development of statistical methods for global identification, supervised classification and assembly of cosmic web elements.

Postdoctoral position in computational planetary science (Universities of Bern & Zurich CH) Part of  a Swiss-wide research framework known as "PlanetS", we are offering a new postdoctoral position in the field of computational planetary sciences. The applicants should have experience in computational hydrodynamics and in planet formation and evolution. The position will have regular interactions are foreseen with the Institute of Computational Science

Postdoc positions on CMB analysis (Shanghai Jiao Tong University CN)   The Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) seeks 2 postdoctoral positions on cosmic microwave background studies. This will include the characterisation of the physical and statistical properties of foreground components and the development of blind and non-blind algorithms to remove foreground emissions from the CMB data. 

Postdoctoral research in computational cosmology (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory USA) Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the team in the Computational Cosmology Center (C3) to work on an effort funded by the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project. We seek candidates with a PhD in astronomy, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or related field with experience in high-performance computing.

CAASTRO-3D postdoctoral fellowships (Australian National University AU)  Six prestigious CAASTRO-3D Postdoctoral Fellowships in Australia are available for outstanding early career researchers within the Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions.  CAASTRO-3D combines Australia's leading telescope technologies with sophisticated theoretical simulations and ambitious new data intensive science techniques. The programs require data intensive science with novel techniques and advanced algorithms. 

Postdoctoral position in computational astrophysics (Australian National University AU) The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in computational astrophysics to develop innovative techniques for star and cluster formation, molecular cloud evolution, and turbulent plasmas. Applicants with previous experience in computational hydrodynamics (grid-based and/or SPH) are welcome. 

Postdoctoral position in computational galaxy formation (University of Zurich CH) We invite candidates for a postdoctoral position in theoretical astrophysics at the Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, Institute for Computational Science (ICS), University of Zurich. Experience in high performance computing and galaxy formation physics is preferred.

Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical and computational 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.  Strong analytical skills, and/or experience with high performance computing with MHD, radiative transfer, and/or particle-in-cell codes in conventional or GPU-accelerated hybrid architectures will be considered valuable assets.

Postdoctoral fellowships in galaxy formation and theoretical cosmology (University of Edinburgh UK) Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory Edinburgh.  We are seeking applicants with a strong background in theoretical cosmology, the manipulation of large datasets, and working with cosmological simulations.

Data science scholars program (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.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 Analytics.

Postdoctoral positions in observational, theoretical, and numerical cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics (University of California Santa Barbara USA) The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking postdoctoral researchers to pursue innovative research projects observational, theoretical, and numerical cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics. Research areas include astronomical data analysis (i.e. data reduction, mining large surveys, novel statistical methods, machine learning).

Two postdoctoral positions in observational cosmology (University of Edinburgh UK) Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Astronomy, in the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Candidates for the first position, should have a strong background in cosmology and experience of statistical and computational analysis of cosmological datasets.  Candidates for the second position should be experienced in digital image analysis and/or have a strong background in the manipulation of large datasets.

Postdoctoral position in small body planetary science (Northern Arizona University USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to work in one of four areas including  "big data" astronomical approaches that can be applied to LSST. 

Postdoctoral research fellowships in gravitational wave discovery (Swinburne University AU) The Australian Research Council recently announced $31.3M of funding for a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery to be known as OzGrav. Activities will include LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electro-magnetic spectrum. Over 25 positions will be created. 

Beecroft Fellowship in Cosmology (Oxford University UK) The Department of Physics invites applications for a Beecroft Fellowship in Cosmology.  The postholder would contribute to theoretical and/or numerical research into largescale structure, weak lensing, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, cosmic background radiation anisotropy, intensity mapping, early universe physics, dark matter, dark energy and modified gravity. See three related fellowships here

Postdoctoral position in computational astrophysics (University of Notre Dame USA) Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Computational Astrophysics in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. The applicant should have a background in computational astrophysics with a firm grasp of scientific computing, parallel supercomputing and modern programming languages in addition to depth in an astrophysical sub-area of specialization. All areas of astrophysics are welcome. 

Postdoctoral scholar in theoretical/computational galaxy formation and cosmology (University of California Davis USA) The Cosmology Group at the University of California, Davis invites applications for postdoctoral research in astrophysics. The successful candidate will pursue theoretical/computational modeling of galaxy formation, with preference for the areas of near-field cosmology, galactic archaeology, the Milky Way and the Local Group, and/or dwarf galaxies.

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. Applicants willing to spend some time undertaking software and hardware challenges will be given special consideration

Postdoctoral positions in astrophysics (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory CN) SHAO is seeking to fill a number of postdoctoral positions in any area of observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics.  Members of the institute are actively involved in other important international and domestic projects such as SDSS-IV, LSST, LAMOST, HXMT, and FAST.

Research associate in theoretical and observational cosmology (University of Manchester UK) Research Associate position is available in the Cosmology group, a part of The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) on scientific exploitation of existing datasets, theoretical studies of cosmological probes, and on the development and application of new analysis techniques for future experiments.We seek a RA with significant theoretical and analytic skills and who has experience in developing and applying analysis techniques to extract science results from massive cosmological datasets.

Postdoctoral research associates in astrophysics (Tsinghua University CN) The Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA) in the Department of Physics at Tsinghua University invites applications for postdoctoral positions in areas broadly related to cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, high energy astrophysics, exoplanets, and time domain astrophysics.

Postdoctoral position in computational galaxy formation (University of Michigan USA) Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in theoretical astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan.  We seek candidates with experience in high-performance computing to collaborate on theoretical modeling of galaxy formation and star cluster formation. 

Postdoctoral fellowships (Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics CN) The KIAA Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in any area, including (1) observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, (2) exoplanets, star formation, and stellar populations, (3) high-energy and gravitational physics, and (4) computational astrophysics.

Flatiron Research Fellow (Center for Computational Astrophysics, USA) The Flatiron Institute is a major, new internal scientific unit of the Simons Foundation, focused on the computational aspects of a wide range of basic science. The newly established Center for Computational Astronomy (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. In steady state, CCA will be comprised of up to 50–60 researchers. The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied math, statistics, computer science or cosmology. Flatiron Research Fellows will develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets and work to apply these methods to obtain new insights into astrophysics.

Postdoctoral position in galaxy formation (New York University Abu Dhabi ADE) The Galaxy Formation Group seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Associate.  The successful candidate is expected to carry out research based on theoretical and/or numerical work in the field galaxy formation and evolution in a cosmological context. The post-doc will have direct access to a 6,600 core Infiniband Cluster (Dalma). 

Postdoctoral research positions in time-domain astrophysics (Harvard University USA) The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in: (1) Gamma-ray burst physics and applications to high-redshift galaxy studies; (2) Optical and radio transients; (3) Magnetic activity in stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets; (4) gravitational wave physics and electromagnetic follow-up.  These topics are at the forefront of time-domain astrophysics, an exciting and growing branch of astronomical investigation.

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, and benefits as well from the nearby Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of Pittsburgh Physics and Astronomy Department. 

Postdoctoral positions in radio astronomy techniques & technologies (Rhodes University and SKA South Africa ZA) Rhodes University, together with the South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA SA) is calling for applications to fill post-doctoral fellowships in the field of advanced algorithms for radio astronomy calibration and imaging. The Rhodes Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) works in close collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of SKA South Africa. RATT and RARG conduct research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes

Postdoctoral position in machine learning, statistics and astrophysics (Carnegie Mellon University USA) The McWilliams Center invites applications for postdoctoral positions in the Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University at the interface between Machine Learning, Statistics, and Astrophysics. Applicants should have experience and strong interest in astrophysics and statistics and/or machine learning, and will work with faculty, postdocs, and students in multiple departments applying methods from machine learning and statistics to problems in cosmology.

Postdoctoral fellow/cosmology 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 Cosmology Data-Science (CDS) Fellows, in cosmology.   The CDS Fellows will have half their research devoted to a specific cosmology project of the BCCP, working as a scientist in a research group with all of the expected goals of project planning, data collection, data reduction/analysis, publication, and conference-presentation of results. The other half of each CDS Fellow’s research will include developing computational and data science tools and software for broader community. The CDS Fellows, in particular, are strongly engaged with the new Berkeley Institute for Data Sciences.  We are especially encouraging applications in the intersection areas between cosmology, computer science, fundamental physics and astrophysics.

Postdoctoral positions in observation, theory or instrumentation (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics TW) The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) has openings for postdoctoral positions. Candidates who work in (a) Optical/IR/Radio astronomy, (b) Theoretical/Computational Astrophysics, or (c) Instrumentation (optical/IR/submillimeter) are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory CN) Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) invites applications for one or two postdoctoral research positions in computational astrophysics. Prior experience or interest in hydrodynamic or MHD simulations is desired, but not required. The successful candidate will work on AGN feedback, galaxy evolution, and black hole accretion.

Postdoctoral research position in numerical cosmology (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris FR) The IAP is seeking candidates for a 2+1 year post-doctoral position in Bayesian statistics and numerical cosmology. The successful candidate will carry out research in the development of new Bayesian analysis tools of galaxy spectroscopic and photometric surveys, notably in the context of the BORG algorithm. We encourage applications from candidates with strong expertise in development of N-body simulations and heavy Bayesian analysis.

Center for Astrophysical Surveys: Hintze fellowships,  (Oxford University UK) The Department of Physics invites applications for two fellowships in the University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, funded through the Hintze Family Charitable Trust. The Centre is focused on the exploitation of current surveys in order to build a platform for Oxford participation in LSST, Euclid, SKA and the EELT. We are seeking fellows with research interests in galaxy evolution and astrophysical transients that will exploit our involvement in current surveys such as SDSS-IV

2017 Lasker Data Science Fellowship (Space Telescope Science Institute USA) The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories and a world-class astronomical research center. The Lasker Fellowship provides up to three years of support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers working on innovative scientific studies involving large astronomical databases, massive data processing, data visualization and discovery, and automated classification and clustering algorithms. Emphasis on studies that take significant advantage of the archived datasets held (or planned for ingest) at STScI will be preferred. These data include HST, GALEX, Kepler/K2, PanSTARRS, TESS, JWST, and WFIRST-AFTA.

OCE postdoctoral fellowship: ASKAP Big Data innovation challenge (CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science AU) CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) is looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to join the vibrant and diverse CASS Astrophysics Group. The Fellow will work closely with the ASKAP HI All Sky Survey (WALLABY), lead critical developments of the custom ASKAP data processing pipeline running on the Pawsey Supercomputers, setup and carry out ASKAP Early Science HI observations, analyse the huge data volumes, and address the ASKAP Big Data challenges by developing cutting-edge analysis and visusalisation tools. 

Postdoctoral research fellowships in radio astronomy and instrumentation (University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal ZA)  The Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is offering postdoctoral research positions in the area of radio astronomy and instrumentation.  We seek highly qualified candidates to work on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a new radio telescope array that is being led by UKZN and that has science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a combination of radio hardware design and integration, instrument characterisation, simulations and forecasting, analysis techniques for large data sets, etc. 

Postdoctoral research scientist in theoretical astrophysics (Columbia University USA) We invites applications for a postdoctoral position in theoretical high energy and stellar astrophysics in the Department of Physics at Columbia University. The successful candidate will pursue research into topics in time-domain astrophysics, including supernovae, compact object binary mergers, tidal disruption events, white dwarf pollution events, and classical/recurrent novae.

Research scientist for imaging science (Georgia State University USA) Applications are invited for appointment as Research Scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to commence as soon as possible. The appointee will be expected to conduct basic research into novel methods for high-resolution imaging through strong atmospheric turbulence. 

Postdoctoral position in theoretical/computational high-energy astrophysics (Columbia University USA) The Department of Astronomy at Columbia University invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position on the theory and simulation of astrophysical plasmas. A strong background in high-energy astrophysics, fluid dynamics and plasma physics, computational methods (MHD and/or kinetic particle-in-cell computational methods) and parallel computing is preferred. 

Postdoctoral scholar in computational astrophysics (University of Florida USA) The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral associate to conduct research on topics related to galaxy evolution, star formation, and/or the physics of the ISM.  The successful candidate will utilize computational methods, and/or large data sets.  In addition, he/she will have access to collaborative opportunities campus-wide via the newly established Informatics Institute at the University of Florida.

Computational astrophysics postdoctoral positions and fellowships (Los Alamos National Laboratory USA)  The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invites applications for one or more postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics.  The CTA brings together over 50 scientists with expertise that spans a broad swath of topics in theoretical and computational astrophysics including stellar astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, transients, black hole astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy formation, plasma astrophysics, and cosmic rays. 

Research associate - X-ray analysis of transient sources (Penn State University USA) The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a research associate with Prof. David Burrows.  The position will entail analysis of archival X-ray data and development of algorithms to identify transient phenomena, and the implementation of these algorithms in software for execution on board the ESA Athena X-ray astronomy mission. 

Postdoctoral research positions in theory and computation (Harvard University USA)  Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling. We are, therefore, interested in candidates working in any field related to theoretical and/or numerical astrophysics.

 

Student scholarships

PhD scholarships in observational, computational & theoretical astrophysics (Swinburne University of Technology AU) The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) invites applications for its PhD program and scholarships from high-calibre students of any nationality.

 

Technology positions

Four software developer positions (Astrophysics Data System  USA) The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a digital library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The ADS corpus consists of over ten million documents, and is growing at a rate of several thousand per week. Over 50,000 scientists and librarians use the ADS daily. The ADS project has openings for four highly-motivated software developers to join its dynamic team of four IT specialists and three curators. The ADS is building a highly scalable and feature-rich platform using a modern development stack: a custom build of the open-source search engine Solr, an advanced UI built with Backbone, a scalable asynchronous data ingestion pipeline with RabbitMQ and PostgreSQL, and cloud-based hosting of its services with Amazon Web Services. The primary programming languages are Python, Java, and JavaScript.

ALMA Head of Data Management Group (Joint ALMA Observatory CL) The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a (sub)millimeter wave interferometer consisting of 66 antennas located on the Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.  The position is stationed in Santiago CL.  The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) is seeking a Head for the Data Management Team, with extensive experience for coordinating and organizing the Data Management activities at the ALMA radio astronomy observatory in Chile. Duties include management of staff, pipeline data processing, quality assurance, archive management, array calibration and performance, software testing. 

TESS pipeline scientist (Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA) The MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) seeks a research scientist position in the area of computational science and exoplanets. The candidate will be expected to participate in validation activities of all data products, covering both pre-launch and during the prime mission phase associated with the MKI-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is scheduled for launch by NASA in 2017.

Observatory software senior software developer (Thirty Meter Telescope USA) The TMT Observatory Software (OSW) effort provides a wide range of critical configuration-controlled software for observatory operations, including science operations support software and the software infrastructure that integrates and controls all telescope and instrument systems. The Observatory Software (OSW) Senior Software Developer will be a key member of the project team. 

ALMA project software developer (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics TW)  We are looking for software developers to work with the ALMA Taiwan team at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) on the development of the radio astronomy data analysis software called ‘Common Astronomy Software Applications’ (CASA).

Manager of the LSST software group (University of Washington USA)   The Astronomy department at the University of Washington has an opening for the position of manager/technical lead for its Large Synoptic Survey Telescope  software groupThe group is leading the research and development of state-of-the-art algorithms for the analysis of the nightly data streams.

Project scientist for data pipeline development (University of California Santa Cruz USA)  The University of California Observatories (UCO) invites applications for a Project Scientist position for data pipeline development and data analysis support.  Responsibilities include: identifying shortcomings with existing data reduction pipelines; suggest new projects at the interface of research, software development and data analysis; assist in project management; and contribute to publications.

Data analyst (National Radio Astronomy Observatory USA)  The primary goal of the Data Analyst( open rank) will be to provide assistance to observatory users by reducing data and assessing data quality, operating a data reduction pipeline, answering questions in the online helpdesk system, assisting with observing script preparation, testing observatory software, and contributing to the data delivery process. The position is assigned to the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC). 

Archive analyst (Space Telescope Science Institute USA) The Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, is seeking an Archive Analyst for our Operations and Engineering Division, Archive Sciences Branch. Come join the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) team. The Archive Analyst interacts with science product users, data providers, software developers, test engineers and IT administrators to define new processes, tools, and enhanced products. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required. 

IT specialist - applications software (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory USA)   The software development team of the Chandra data system division has an opening for a software developer to support data reduction and analysis tools for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The successful candidate will work to extend and maintain the data system functionality and to support its operations. Knowledge required for the position includes C/C++, Python, Java, Unix based operating system, and data bases and data access via standard protocols.

Research scientist: MIT TESS pipeline scientist (Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA)  The MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) seeks a research scientist position in the area of computational science and exoplanets. The candidate will be expected to participate in validation activities of all data products, covering both pre-launch and during the prime mission phase associated with the MKI-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is scheduled for launch by NASA in 2017.

Database architect (National Optical Astronomical Observatory USA) The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) seeks to hire a Database Architect to take the leading technical role in designing, implementing, operating, and optimizing multiple database systems to support data-intensive astronomical research.  Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, NOAO is the US national center for nighttime ground-based optical astronomy.

NASA Astrophysics Data System IT specialist (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory USA) The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) project has openings for three highly-motivated software developers to join its dynamic team.  The ADS is building a highly scalable and feature-rich platform using a modern development stack: a custom build of the open-source search engine Solr, an advanced UI built with Backbone, a scalable asynchronous data ingestion pipeline with RabbitMQ and PostgreSQL, and cloud-based hosting of its services with Amazon Web Services. The primary programming languages are Python, Java, and JavaScript.

AAVSO astronomer position (American Association of Variable Star Observers USA)  The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is looking for
candidates for the position of Astronomer. The incumbent will be leading a team of 2-5 staff members who comprise the AAVSO Science team. Duties include, but are not
limited to, overseeing our database’s data quality control process, oversee maintenance and enrichment of the AAVSO International Database and software, coordinating volunteer teams for various projects, manage the AAVSO alerts and campaigns, and supervise the maintenance of AAVSO networking and IT infrastructure.