Job Opportunities in the Department

Project Manager for LSST and PFS Software Effort
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Plasma Physics​
Scientific Software Developer


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Project Manager for LSST and PFS Software Effort

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University is involved in developing software pipelines for analyzing data from two major next generation surveys. The first is the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), which is an instrument currently under construction for the 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope on Maunakea, Hawai'i, with 2394 fibers distributed over Subaru's 1.3 deg^2 field of view, providing spectral coverage from 380 to 1260 nm at a resolving power of ~3500. Scientific first light is expected in 2020. The second is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), an 8.4 meter telescope being constructed on Cerro Pachón in Chile, which will carry out a multi-band and multi-epoch survey of the Southern sky over a ten-year period, starting in 2022. 

Princeton is leading the development of the 2D reduction pipeline for PFS, which will ingest raw images read from the detectors and produce one-dimensional, sky-subtracted, flux- and wavelength-calibrated spectra. It is also developing the software to perform deep detection and exquisitely accurate object characterization on LSST images, measuring the properties of billions of stars and galaxies. 

We are looking for an individual to manage both of these software efforts. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a scientific field, experience in agile software development, and expertise in project management. The individual will work with Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss, Jim Gunn, and the rest of the international PFS and LSST teams.

The successful applicant will join the Astronomical Data Group in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton. In addition to PFS and LSST, the group is heavily involved in the -- complementary -- development and exploitation of the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) wide field imager on Subaru. We are also using the Advanced Atacama Cosmology Telescope to map the intensity and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background at a variety of frequencies (ACTPol), and we expect to play a role in WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. Collaboration with all of these projects will be encouraged, and the position includes full access to HSC data.

We endeavor to preserve the Department's reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science being produced by these surveys.

The appointment(s) will be made to the research or specialist staff at a level and salary commensurate with experience, for an initial period of one year, which may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Interested persons should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/1961. Letters of reference will also be handled through this site. All applications received by September 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For further inquiries, contact swinbank@princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Plasma Physics

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in computational plasma physics. Strong programming skills in C++ and ability to work with a large code base is required. The project focuses on developing advanced algorithms for the solution of Vlasov and Gyrokinetic equations for lab and astrophysical plasmas, and for plasma thrusters for satellites. Knowledge of modern computer architecture is a plus, although not required. The selected candidate will have the potential for developing tools and making exciting new contributions to tackle some of the most challenging computational plasma physics problems. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to two years. A PhD in computational plasma physics, applied mathematics or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Applicants must apply via the web: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/1201. All applications received by May 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Only web submissions will be considered. For further inquiries, please contact Greg Hammett (hammett@princeton.edu) or Ammar Hakim (Ammar@princeton.edu). This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Scientific Software Developer

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University has an open position for an experienced software developer to work on the development of the scientific data processing pipelines for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

The LSST will conduct the largest astronomical survey yet undertaken, observing a total of 20000 square degrees in six bands and around 1000 epochs, collecting over 50 PB of raw data and measuring the properties of 40 billion astronomical sources. Princeton is responsible for multi-epoch deep imaging and catalog production based on the LSST survey.

The role will involve working with Jim Bosch & John Swinbank within the Princeton Astronomical Data Group (led by Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss and Jim Gunn), which, in addition to LSST, is deeply involved in the Hyper Suprime Cam and Prime Focus Spectrograph instruments on the Subaru Telescope and expects to play a part in WFIRST, the space-based Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.

We are seeking an experienced scientific software developer to contribute to the development of the scientific algorithms and supporting infrastructure. The ideal candidate would have extensive C++ expertise and experience with collaborative software development in a scientific environment.  Knowledge of Python would be advantageous. An advanced degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or a related field is required. The appointment will be made at the associate professional specialist or more senior level and salary commensurate with experience. LSST development at Princeton is funded to continue for the duration of construction (through 2022) and potentially beyond; this position may be extended indefinitely for appropriate individuals.

We are seeking to recruit from as diverse a pool of talent as possible, and endeavor to preserve the Astrophysical Sciences Department's reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science produced by major astronomical surveys.

Applicants must apply online and submit a CV and contact information for three references at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/2441. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by October 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled. For further inquiries, contact John Swinbank (swinbank@princeton.edu) or Jim Bosch (jbosch@astro.princeton.edu).

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
 
Please send an e-mail to postapp17@astro.princeton.edu with any questions.

 

 

 

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