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Postdoctoral Researcher

Simons Observatory, La Jolla, CA, United States
Employer Description

The Simons Observatory (SO) is an $80 million dollar project supported by the Simons Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and member organizations, dedicated to understanding how the universe originated and evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. The SO project began in 2016 and is comprised of the design and deployment of four special-purpose telescopes, a high-altitude site, and cryogenic detectors. The SO will collect a comprehensive range of data spanning angular scales from one arcminute to nearly 70% of the sky visible from its site in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 5200 meters (17,200 feet) above sea level.

The SO is comprised of over 40 institutions world-wide with over 300 participating members, representing scientific/academic/educational personnel, engineers, managers, and other parties. Upon completion, SO will be the largest, most ambitious observatory of its kind designed to probe the composition and evolution of the entire universe. The Simons Observatory Project Office at UC San Diego is responsible for the construction and operation of the Simons Observatory.

Job Description

The Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of cosmic microwave background experiment, with extensive experience in instrumentation and data analysis. This position will be for two years, with the possibility of an extension for a third year, depending upon performance and availability of funding. This is a full-time, 100% appointment.

This position will be in Dr. Brian Keating’s group in the Physics Department of UC San Diego. The group focuses on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The research in this position will be focused on developing the Small Aperture Telescopes (SATs) of the Simons Observatory where one of the SATs is being built at San Diego/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The SATs have compact refractive optics with a 42 cm diameter aperture. The 100 mK focal planes are instrumented with Horn- or Planar-Antenna-Coupled, dichroic, Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) bolometer arrays. The TESes are readout using a microwave MUX system.

Job Requirements

Basic qualifications: (Required at the time of application)
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree or be in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree at the time of application.

Additional qualifications: (Required by start date)

  • Candidates must have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent international degree by the start date of the job.
  • Candidates should have no more than three years of previous postdoctoral experience.

Preferred qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Physics in experimental cosmology. Expertise in cryogenics, optics, TES detectors, multiplexed readout, and data analysis is desirable.

Salary and Benefits:
(full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Brian Keating, bkeating@ucsd.edu or Kam Arnold, arnold@ucsd.edu

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Publications List

Reference requirements

  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

La Jolla, CA

16 September 2022
16 October 2022
Research and Development