Job Opportunities in the Department for 2022

Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive (read more here). With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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. 

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Postdoctoral and more senior research positions in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University:
Spitzer Fellowship
Russell Fellowship
Carnegie-Princeton Fellowship
Princeton/Flatiron Fellowship
Computational Astrophysics (with Romain Teyssier and colleagues)
Cosmology Theory & Analysis (with Jo Dunkley, Romain Teyssier, Peter Melchior and colleagues)
Interstellar Medium/Star Formation (with Eve Ostriker and colleagues)
Plasma Astrophysics Theory & Simulation (with Matt Kunz and colleagues)
Space Physics (with Dave McComas and colleagues)
Stellar & Exoplanet Physics (with Adam Burrows and colleagues)
Survey Software Science (with Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss, Jim Gunn and colleagues)
Theoretical Astrophysics (with Eliot Quataert and colleagues)

Other positions of interest:
Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences
Gravity Initiative
51 Pegasi b Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions

Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics. The Spitzer Fellow is expected to carry out original research in astrophysics, independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students. The fellowship is intended primarily to support researchers in theoretical astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in all areas of astronomy are encouraged to apply. The fellowship is open to postdoctoral or more senior researchers, and includes a substantial annual research fund. Applications from members of groups historically under-represented in Astrophysics are especially encouraged.

Applicants may work with the department’s distinguished faculty and research staff. For a full list of department members and activities, see http://www.princeton.edu/astro. There are also strong research groups with interests in astrophysics at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and in the Physics, Geosciences, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments, and at the nearby Institute for Advanced Study. Spitzer Fellows will have access to the extensive Princeton research computing facilities. These include a variety of high-performance (petaflop) clusters with both cpus and gpus, large shared-memory systems for data analysis and visualization, and multiple petabytes of data storage. Spitzer Fellows will also have data rights to the Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey and the Prime Focus Spectrograph Survey on the Subaru 8.2m telescope, and will have the opportunity to join the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Observatory collaborations.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for the Henry Norris Russell Fellowship in Astrophysics. The Russell Fellow is expected to carry out original research in astrophysics, independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students. The fellowship is intended primarily to support researchers in observational or experimental astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in all areas of astronomy are encouraged to apply. The fellowship is open to postdoctoral or more senior researchers, and includes a substantial annual research fund. Applications from members of groups historically under-represented in Astrophysics are especially encouraged.

Applicants may work with the Department’s distinguished faculty and research staff. For a full list of department members and activities, see http://www.princeton.edu/astro. There are also strong research groups with interests in astrophysics at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and in the Physics, Geosciences, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments, and at the nearby Institute for Advanced Study. The Department is playing a major role in the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time consortium, which is building a dedicated 8.4-meter telescope to carry out a 20,000-square-degree, multi-band, multi-epoch imaging survey. We are also collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to carry out deep, high-resolution, wide-area imaging and spectroscopic surveys to study galaxy evolution, cosmology, Milky Way structure, and planetary systems on the Subaru 8.2 meter telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii as part of the Hyper Suprime-Cam and Prime Focus Spectrograph surveys. We also have major initiatives searching for and characterizing extrasolar planets, including leadership of the HATPi survey and participation in the TESS survey.

We are using the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) to map the intensity and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background at a variety of frequencies, and are participating in the new Simons Observatory for CMB studies. Russell Fellows will have data rights to the Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey and the Prime Focus Spectrograph Survey on the Subaru 8.2m telescope, and can join ACT and the Simons Observatory. Russell Fellows will also be able to apply for Princeton’s share of time on the Magellan 6.5-meter telescopes and have access to the extensive Princeton research computing facilities. These include a variety of high-performance (petaflop) clusters with both CPUs and GPUs, large shared-memory systems for data analysis and visualization, and multiple petabytes of data storage.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University invite applications for a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in astronomy, to begin in fall 2022. The fellow is expected to work two years at the main offices of the Observatories in Pasadena and two years at Princeton (one-year term renewed annually at a rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior research position), in an order to be negotiated with the applicant. The Carnegie-Princeton Fellow is expected to carry out original research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, either independently or in collaboration with staff, faculty or students at the host institutions. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. Preference will be given to researchers working in those areas in which Carnegie and Princeton have active research interests.

The fellow will have access to all of the resources and facilities of both institutions. In particular: The Carnegie Institution owns and operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, and the 2.5-meter Dupont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes. Carnegie is also a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV and V. Based in Pasadena, between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, the Observatories provide an exceptional intellectual environment and access to resources for theorists, observers, and instrumentalists alike. The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton is a major partner in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Simons Observatory, and the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time. The department is collaborating with the Japanese astronomical community on large imaging and spectroscopic surveys with the Subaru Telescope, focused on extragalactic astronomy (the Hyper Suprime-Cam survey). In addition, we are heavily involved in planning for the Prime Focus Spectrograph Survey. The successful applicant will have the right to join all these surveys. Carnegie-Princeton Fellows will also have access to the extensive Princeton research computing facilities. These include a variety of high-performance (petaflop) clusters with both CPUs and GPUs, large shared-memory systems for data analysis and visualization, and multiple petabytes of data storage. Together with research groups in other departments in the university and the nearby Institute for Advanced Study, the department offers an unparalleled environment for research in theoretical and observational astrophysics and cosmology.

The position provides support for observing, travel, computing and publications, and the observing and computational facilities at both institutions will be accessible for the entire duration of the position. Further information on the host institutions is available at obs.carnegiescience.edu and www.princeton.edu/astro.

Applicants must send curriculum vitae, bibliography, and research plan to BOTH the Observatories and to Princeton via the web at http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships/  AND https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241 by November 1, 2021. Applications to BOTH institutions should include: a cv, a bibliography, a brief essay describing the applicant's current research (up to 3 pages including references), and a research proposal (up to 5 pages including references); shorter statements are acceptable. Princeton and Carnegie strive to enable a scientifically excellent,equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aim for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive in their departments. Applicants may use their cover letter to describe how they have contributed to such community characteristics in previous positions, and how those contributions have been informed by their life experiences. Candidates from under-represented groups and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The names and contact information of three references should also be submitted through both of the online application systems. Letters are requested within a week of the deadline. Selection of the successful candidate will be made by a joint Carnegie-Princeton committee. All applicants will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral positions in the Astrophysical Sciences department at Princeton and for the Carnegie Fellowship at The Observatories; however, they should clearly state in the cover letter that they wish to be considered for the Carnegie-Princeton Fellowship. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

This position is subject to Princeton University’s background check policy. Princeton University and the Carnegie Observatories are equal opportunity employers 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.

For questions or additional information, please send email to c-pfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu and/or postapp22@astro.princeton.edu. For additional information on the fellowship program at Carnegie, please visit: http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships.


Princeton/Flatiron Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Astrophysics

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 spend two years at Princeton and two years at Flatiron in an order to be agreed upon, with frequent visits to the other institution throughout the term of the fellowship, in order to engage in collaborative research across both institutions.

A listing of department members and activities in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University can be found at https://web.astro.princeton.edu/. A description of the research groups and members of the CCA can be found at https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astrophysics/. At Princeton, appointments will be made to the research staff at a level and salary commensurate with experience; this will be a one-year appointment renewable for the second year. At the CCA, the appointment will be as a Flatiron Research Fellow.

We are seeking motivated individuals with research interests in any field of astrophysics.  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. The researcher is expected to carry out research programs independently and in collaboration with Princeton and CCA scientists, and to participate in the vibrant activities of both institutions, including seminars and workshops. Princeton/Flatiron Fellows will have the opportunity to mentor students, and will have access to outstanding computing facilities at both institutions as well as a budget to support research and travel.

In order to be considered for this joint appointment, candidates must submit their application to both institutions by November 1, 2021.

to Princeton at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241

and to CCA at: https://simonsfoundation.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/simonsfoundationcareers/job/162-Fifth-Avenue/Flatiron-Research-Fellow--Center-for-Computational-Astrophysics--Joint-with-Princeton-University-_R0000543.

Applications on the CCA site should include: a cv with bibliography; research statement describing past important results and proposed research program; and, three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to astro@simonsfoundation.org.

Applications on the Princeton site should include: a cv (not to exceed 2 pages excluding publications), a bibliography; a research statement to include summaries of 2-3 completed/published studies, summary of ongoing work, and summary of proposed research (not to exceed 3 pages total including text, figures and references sited); and the names and contact information of three references.

Both institutions are committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Review and selection of the successful candidate will be made by a joint Princeton/Flatiron committee. All applicants will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral positions in the Astrophysical Sciences department at Princeton and for the Flatiron Research Fellow positions at CCA; however, they should clearly state in the cover letter that they wish to be considered for the Joint Princeton/Flatiron Fellowship.

For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu (Princeton) and/or astro@simonsfoundation.org (CCA).

When submitting your applications, please read and follow the guidelines from AAS, which are available at: https://jobregister.aas.org/postdoc-application-guidelines.

Education

  • A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

 Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Expertise in computational methods, data analysis, software and algorithm development, modeling, theoretical astrophysics, machine learning or scientific simulation.
  • Ability to do original and outstanding research in astrophysics.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.

The Simons Foundation’s Diversity Commitment:
Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Princeton University’s EEO statement and notice of background check:
This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Computational Astrophysics

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill a postdoctoral research position in computational astrophysics. The successful applicant will work with Romain Teyssier, with the focus on developing higher order methods for radiative and magneto-hydrodynamics of astrophysical fluid flows on modern architectures such as GPUs. A strong background in code development will be preferred. The astrophysical application domain is quite open, from supersonic flows in cosmology, galaxy and star formation, to subsonic flows in stellar and planetary interiors. 

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Cosmology Theory and Analysis

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill postdoctoral or more senior research position(s) in cosmology. The successful applicant(s) will work with Jo Dunkley, Romain Teyssier, Peter Melchior and other members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences on topics including cosmological simulations and/or data analysis of surveys like LSST, Euclid and Roman or CMB experiments like the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and Simons Observatory. Of specific interest are strong computational, statistical, or deep learning skills relevant to the topics outlined above.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Interstellar Medium/Star Formation

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in theory and numerical modeling of star formation and the interstellar medium (ISM). The successful candidate(s) will work with Prof. Eve Ostriker to investigate the process of star formation and the dynamics, thermodynamics, and chemistry of the multiphase, turbulent ISM, including interactions with radiation and cosmic rays, in a range of galactic environments. Studies may include computational MHD and RHD modeling of GMC creation/destruction, ISM chemical cycling, and the regulation of star formation and galactic winds induced by feedback to the ISM on a range of scales. The successful candidate(s) will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities, opportunities for collaboration, and support for travel.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field and previous experience in computational hydrodynamics are required. 

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Plasma Astrophysics Theory & Simulation

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill a postdoctoral position in plasma astrophysics theory and simulation. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Matthew Kunz on a theory for the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields across cosmic time. In particular, we will investigate how the material properties of a plasma influence its ability to grow and sustain dynamically important magnetic fields, and what this physics means for magnetic-field amplification in protogalaxies and clusters of galaxies. A strong background in theoretical astrophysics, plasma physics, and both analytical and numerical methods is preferred. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities, opportunities for collaboration, and support for travel.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Space Physics

The Space Physics Group (spacephysics.princeton.edu) seeks outstanding applicants to join our research program, which spans space physics (aka heliophysics) phenomena from the Sun, throughout the heliosphere and into the very local interstellar medium (VLISM). The group specializes in experimental space physics, including the development of new instrumentation for NASA missions and the analysis of space data taken with our instruments. Our current largest programs are the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, now in its twelfth year of imaging the interaction of our heliosphere with the VLISM; the Integrated Science investigation of the Sun (ISʘIS) energetic particle instrument suite on Parker Solar Probe (PSP), which launched in 2018 to measure energetic particles as close in as 9 solar radii from the Sun’s surface; and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which is currently  under development for a planned launch in late 2024 to explore the details of particle acceleration and the Sun’s interaction with the VLISM. The successful candidate(s) can play a major role in 1) the analysis and publication of Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) observations from IBEX, 2) the analysis and publication of solar energetic particle observations from ISʘIS, 3) the development of space flight instrumentation for IMAP, and/or 4) other funded space physics research in the Group. Preferred qualifications include having prior experience in the development of space flight instrumentation, analyzing ENA, plasma, and/or energetic particle data, and the proven ability to lead and participate in the rapid development and publication of numerous excellent research articles.

Appointments will be at the Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior researcher rank and are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is January 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Space Physics, or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Stellar and Exoplanet Physics

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill a postdoctoral research associate position on the structure and physical characteristics of exoplanets and stars as part of a new National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center, the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP). The postdoc will work with Adam Burrows and a national team of researchers, with the focus on integrating what can be learned from high-energy-density laboratory experiments to advance exoplanet and stellar theory. Exceptional computational and laboratory resources, opportunities for collaboration, and research and travel funds will be available.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Survey Software Science

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill several open postdoctoral or more senior research positions within the Astronomical Data Group, led by Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss and Jim Gunn. The successful applicants will work on a variety of projects in survey science and software development for the reduction, analysis, interpretation, and testing of photometric and spectroscopic data from very large surveys. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible.

The group is involved in the scientific and technical aspects of the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time consortium, which is building a dedicated 8.4-meter telescope to carry out a 20,000 square degree multi-band and multi-epoch imaging survey. Princeton is responsible for the deep imaging ("data release production") portion of the software which will support static-sky science and statistical studies of variability. In addition, the Department is collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to carry out deep, high-resolution, wide-area imaging surveys to study galaxy evolution and weak lensing with Hyper Suprime-Cam, a large-format camera on the Subaru 8.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. We are also part of a consortium building a wide-field multi-object (2394 fiber) spectrograph to be placed at the Subaru Prime Focus. Finally, we expect to play a role in WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.

Software development and support for these projects will include work on algorithm development (e.g. the determination of point spread functions; deblending overlapping galaxies, estimating cosmic shear, optimally combining multi-epoch, multi-band datasets, and spectrophotometry with fiber spectrographs); software engineering; and scientific validation (examining the performance and scientific reliability of algorithms, visualization of high-dimension datasets, as well as unit and regression testing of complex software systems).

The ideal candidate will combine a strong research record with software development experience in Python and/or C++, and a background in optical or radio astronomy at faint levels, CCD or radio data, handling of large data sets, and/or image and spectroscopic analysis. A PhD in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science or a related field is required.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years, with the possibility of continued terms depending on the success of the projects.

We 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 being produced by these surveys.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.


Theoretical Astrophysics

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications to fill one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in theoretical astrophysics. The postdoc(s) will work with Prof. Eliot Quataert and other members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences on problems in any area of theoretical astrophysics.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2021. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to astrophysics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter, but this is not required.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2021 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, including department fellowships and grant supported positions, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp22@astro.princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.




Other positions of interest:

Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences

Princeton University invites applications for the newly established Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences (FFPS) Fellowship. We aim to appoint a diverse cohort of early career scientists who will conduct research in physics, broadly defined to include the subdisciplines of astrophysics, biophysics, and geophysics and planetary physics, independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students. The Fellowship aims to increase excellence at Princeton by bringing scholars with unique backgrounds and insights, whose work will contribute to the promotion of groups that have been historically, and are presently, under-represented in physics and related fields. Candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to remedying the historical under-representation of people of color and women in physics (or the physical sciences more generally) through work promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity through teaching, advising, mentoring, advocacy, or public outreach are especially encouraged to apply.

FFPS Fellows will have a primary home in the Department of Physics, of Astrophysical Sciences, or of Geosciences, and will be part of an actively mentored research community across institutional affiliations, which may include the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, the Princeton Gravity Initiative, and other Centers and Programs. The Fellowship includes an annual research fund. Appointments will be made at the postdoctoral or more senior research rank. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2022, although this is flexible. A PhD in the physical sciences or a related field is required. Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a bibliography, a statement of research interests and plans, and provide contact information for three references by November 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST.

A personal statement and/or a description of the applicant's work in broadening opportunities in the field should be included as a separate section of the research statement. Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21901 Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled. Only submissions through the application website will be considered. For further inquiries, contact phychair@princeton.edu.

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


Gravity Initiative

The Princeton Gravity Initiative is seeking exceptional recent Ph.D. recipients in theoretical gravitational theory for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program. The Princeton Gravity Initiative is a new collaborative effort between Princeton University's Astrophysics, Mathematics, and Physics Departments to explore the fundamental nature of gravity; see https://gravity.princeton.edu for more information. Candidates from all areas of research focusing on gravitational theory, including gravitational wave astrophysics, mathematical relativity, early universe cosmology, and quantum gravity, will be considered.

These appointments will be at the rank of Associate Research Scholar. Several positions may be available. The appointments will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and thus seek to recruit candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. To apply online, please visit https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21141 and submit a cover letter(which can include a research statement of up to three pages in length), CV, and contact information for three references.

To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by November 1, 2021.

For more information, contact Frans Pretorius at fpretori@princeton.edu.

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.


51 Pegasi b Fellowship

Princeton University is one of 14 eligible host institutions for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship. Read more, including how to apply, here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: You have a lot of postdoc ads here. Do I need to apply separately for each postdoc position I'm interested in?
A: Most of our positions may be applied for with a single application, found here:
https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22241. You should indicate in that application which positions you are interested in.
However:
For the Carnegie-Princeton Fellowship, you must ALSO apply directly to Carnegie here:
http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships/.
For the Princeton/Flatiron Fellowship, you must ALSO apply directly to CCA here: https://simonsfoundation.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/simonsfoundationcareers/job/162-Fifth-Avenue/Flatiron-Research-Fellow--Center-for-Computational-Astrophysics--Joint-with-Princeton-University-_R0000543.
For the Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences Fellowship, you must apply here (this is separate from the single application for many of the positions above): https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21901.
For the Gravity Initiative, you must apply here: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21141.

Q: How long should my application be?
A: For all of our positions, we will accept the AAS Postdoctoral Application Guidelines (see https://jobregister.aas.org/postdoc-application-guidelines).
For the Carnegie-Princeton position, we will also accept submissions as follows: current research up to 3 pages including references; research proposal up to 5 pages including references.
For the Cover Letter, we request 3 pages maximum.

Q: Can I list Princeton as a host institution for the external fellowship for which I am applying?
A: Princeton University is an eligible host institution for national fellowships such as the NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship and the NSF AAPF. Candidates should contact the proposed faculty sponsor. Princeton is also one of a select group of institutions eligible to host 51 Pegasi b Fellows in Planetary Astronomy sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Princeton is home to a vibrant research program in this area, including theoreticians, observers, and instrument builders, as well as links to major international projects such as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the HATNet, the HATSouth global network of telescopes, the HATPI all-sky survey, and the Terra Hunting Experiment. Postdoctoral candidates who may be interested in designating Princeton as a host institution for the 51 Peg Fellowship are encouraged to contact Professor Adam Burrows in advance, to explore possible projects and connections to existing efforts.

Q:Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A:Please send an e-mail to postapp22@astro.princeton.edu with any questions. We will do our best to reply in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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