Job Opportunities in the Department

Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive (link 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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Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship
Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellowship
Carnegie-Princeton Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship
Astrophysical Plasma Theory and Simulation (with Anatoly Spitkovsky and colleagues)
Cosmology Theory and Analysis (with Jo Dunkley and colleagues)
Plasma Astrophysics/Max Planck Princeton Center (with Anatoly Spitkovsky and colleagues) 
Software with the HATPI project (with Gaspar Bakos and colleagues)
Space Physics (with Dave McComas and colleagues)
Stellar and Exoplanet Physics (with Adam Burrows and colleagues)
Survey Science Software (with Robert Lupton and colleagues)
Theoretical Astrophysics (with Eliot Quataert and colleagues)
Postdoctoral Position in Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy (with Amitava Bhattacharjee and colleagues)
Postdoctoral Position in Planetary and Space Sciences (with Chuanfei Dong and colleagues)

Additional positions of interest:
     Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences (FFPS) Fellowship
     Gravity Initiative

     International Research Collaboration Center (IRCC) with National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NAOJ) Japan and MPPC

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 includes a substantial annual research fund.

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 can join the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Observatory.

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, 2021, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.  Applications from members of groups historically under-represented in Astrophysics are especially encouraged.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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.

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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 includes a substantial annual research fund.

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 and multi-epoch imaging survey. It is 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. 

We are also 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 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 at the rank of postdoctoral research associate or more senior research rank. The expected starting date is September 1, 2021, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required. Applications from members of groups historically under-represented in Astrophysics are especially encouraged.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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.

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Carnegie-Princeton Joint 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 2021. 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 will be accessible for the entire duration of the position. Applications from members of groups historically under-represented in Astrophysics are especially encouraged.

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/17501 by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 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. Both departments share a goal of 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 that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter.

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 postapp21@astro.princeton.eduFor additional information on the fellowship program at Carnegie, please visit: http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships.

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Astrophysical Plasma Theory and Simulation 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in astrophysical plasma theory and simulation. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Anatoly Spitkovsky on applications of particle-in-cell plasma simulation methods to astrophysical problems, including the physics of collisionless shocks, cosmic rays, pulsar magnetospheres, and modeling and design of laboratory astrophysics experiments. A strong background in high-energy astrophysics, plasma physics, computational science and parallel computing 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, 2021, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy, Data Sciences, 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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501.  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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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 postdoc(s) will work with David Spergel, Shirley Ho, Jo Dunkley, Peter Melchior and other members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences on cosmological simulations and preparations for the Euclid and Roman telescopes, with possible connection to CMB data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and Simons Observatory. One of the groups interests is the use of deep learning to forward model the Universe. 

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, 2021, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy, Data Sciences, 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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Plasma Astrophysics/Max Planck Princeton Center

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for one or more postdoctoral or more senior research associate positions as part of the Max Planck Princeton Center (MPPC), an international center in plasma astrophysics established in collaboration with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and several institutes of the Max-Planck Society in Germany (including the MPA and the IPP). Successful applicants will be located on campus in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and will work in collaboration with faculty, postdocs, and research staff at institutions within the MPPC, on fundamental problems in astrophysical plasma dynamics. In particular, the core research topics of the MPPC include magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration and propagation, properties of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, dynamos and magnetic field amplification in stars and accretion disks. Astrophysics application areas for this position will include kinetic effects in solar-wind turbulence and cosmic ray/ISM interactions.

Applicants with interest and experience in theory, computation, and/or laboratory astrophysics in any of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading international centers for plasma physics on problems important in astrophysics, with access to world-class computing facilities and laboratory experiments.

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, 2021, although this is flexible. A PhD in Astronomy, Data Sciences, 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 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501.  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Software with the HATPI project

We invite applications for a data scientist in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Gáspár Bakos, Dr. Joel Hartman, and a team of researchers, including graduate students, on the operation of and data reduction for HATPI, an ultra-wide field optical time-domain instrument being commissioned at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The HATPI instrument uses 64 wide-field lenses and cameras to simultaneously observe one fourth of the celestial sphere at a fast cadence and high photometric precision. Science topics to be explored with the instrument include transiting exoplanets, variable stars, transient phenomena and moving objects. The data reduction products, including high-cadence high-precision light curves for millions of stars, are to be made public.

We seek candidates with an advanced degree in Astrophysics, Computer Science, Physics, or a related field, and an expertise in scientific computing. Applicants should have knowledge of handling of large data sets and efficient automated data reduction. Some knowledge of optical astronomy is desirable. Responsibilities include algorithm development and debugging; writing robust, efficient code; running and maintaining pipeline code; and evaluating the scientific performance of that code on real data. Experience in C/C++, Python, Unix (Linux), and software engineering practices is essential.

The Department is heavily involved in a number of related projects, and has a community of experienced astronomical software developers. Examples include: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project in Chile; Hyper Suprime-Cam, a large-format camera on the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii; and the HAT global network of telescopes.

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 and software engineering are an important intellectual contribution to the science being produced by these surveys.

The appointment 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. The expected starting date is September 1, 2021, although this is flexible.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement, and provide contact information for three references by November 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact Prof. Gáspár Bakos (gbakos@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.

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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 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, 2021, 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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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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 postdoc will work with Adam Burrows, 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, 2021, 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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Survey Science Software

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University has several open 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, 2021, 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 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 funding and satisfactory performance.

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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants should apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact Yusra AlSayyad (yusra@astro.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.

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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, 2021, 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 6, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 6, 11:59 pm Eastern Time 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, but you will be asked in the application which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact postapp21@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, gender, 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 position in Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy

Princeton University is seeking a postdoctoral or more senior researcher as part of a new multi-institution initiative 'Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy' funded by the Simons Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to build a mathematical and computational foundation for the design of stellarators for magnetic plasma confinement. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in physics, mathematics, and computer science, specializing in areas such as magnetic field line flow, particle confinement, magnetohydrodynamics, multi-objective stochastic optimization, and scientific computing. The role of the Princeton researcher in this project will be to develop computational and analytical tools for optimizing magnetic field and coil shaping to achieve particle confinement, maximizing integrability and quasisymmetry.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics or a related area. Candidates will be expected to be proficient with analytic methods as well as able to program in Fortran and/or C. Previous experience with stellarators is not essential. The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year pending satisfactory performance and funding. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. The start date is negotiable. Note this position would be based at Princeton University; for opportunities with the Simons team at other institutions, please refer to the information below. Applicants must apply online and submit a cv, cover letter and contact information for three references at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/18942. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. Application materials: *1-3 page cover letter, describing your previous research, future research goals and career plans, and interest in the Simons project. Please comment on your experience with both analytic methods and scientific computing. *CV, including complete list of publications.

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

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are received. Applications should be submitted by February 8, 2021 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Further information about the 'Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy' project can be found here: https://hiddensymmetries.princeton.edu/.

This position is subject to Princeton 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.

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Postdoctoral Position in Planetary and Space Sciences

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences and Princeton Center for Heliophysics at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in planetary and space sciences. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Chuanfei Dong on studying the solar/stellar wind interaction with planets in our Solar System and beyond by developing and employing the global multifluid MHD/multi-moment code(s). Topics include but are not limited to atmospheric escape from planets such as Venus, Earth, Mars, and exoplanets and their habitability over time; magnetospheres and/or exospheres of Mercury, Earth, Ganymede, and Uranus; and laboratory magnetospheres. A strong background in planetary and space science, magnetospheric physics, plasma physics, computational science and parallel computing is preferred. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities and laboratory experiments, opportunities for collaboration with people in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 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 May 1, 2021, although this is flexible and an earlier starting date is preferred. A PhD in Planetary and Space Science, Astrophysics, or a related field is required.

 

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement (up to two pages), and provide contact information for three references by February 5, 11:59 Eastern Time. 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.

 

Applicants must apply via the web at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/18941 Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by February 5, 11:59 pm Eastern Time will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For further inquiries, contact dcfy@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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences (FFPS) Fellowship

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, 2021, 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 4, 2020, 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/17561. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 4, 2020, 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.

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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.

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/17141 and submit a cover letter including a statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also indicating your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion within the department if hired, CV, and contact information for three references. To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by November 1, 2020.

For more information, contact Frans Pretorius at fpretori@princeton.edu. These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

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International Research Collaboration Center (IRCC) with National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NAOJ) Japan and MPPC

The International Research Collaboration Center (IRCC) at the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan has concluded the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Princeton University and three research institutes of Max Planck Society (*) to promote international collaborative research in plasma physics with applications to astrophysics and fusion sciences. Based on this MoU, the research unit of astro-fusion plasma physics (IRCC-AFP) has been established in IRCC (https://www.nins.jp/en/site/ircc/3764.html).

Two overseas research branches will be started in the United States of America and Germany. IRCC will recruit a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to conduct the research activities in Princeton branch promoting international research collaborations between NINS and Princeton University. The guidelines follow below.

(*) Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

1. Title and number of positions to be filled
Title in Princeton University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Number: one person

2. Research fields
IRCC-AFP is promoting new research activities of the Integral Plasma Physics, which merges fusion, astronomical, and heliospheric plasma physics, for the purpose of strengthening international collaboration activities with the emphasis of the interdisciplinary scope of research. For this scope of research, IRCC-AFP invites applications for the IRCC-AFP fellow for theoretical and computational research in plasma physics in one of the research fields shown below:
   1) Physics of plasma turbulence and transport;
   2) Physics of energetic particles and particle acceleration in plasmas.

Potential integrated research subjects are exemplified as follows:
extensions of theoretical models and/or numerical methods, statistical and/or direct-numerical-simulation-based modeling, their applications to fusion and/or astronomical plasma physics, and quantitative comparative studies.

3. Requirements for applicants
(1) A Ph.D. degree (expected to have before the start date)
(2) Strong interests in studying plasma physics topics listed in the previous section.

4. Research duties
IRCC-AFP fellow will conduct international collaboration research under the supervision of researchers in IRCC-AFP (Appendix shows a list of IRCC-AFP members), NAOJ(*) or NIFS(**), and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. An important role of IRCC-AFP fellow is activating the international collaboration between researchers in NINS and Princeton.
   (*) National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
   (**) National Institute for Fusion Science
It is possible to expand the international collaboration to include the research institutes of Max Planck society based on the MoU between NINS and Max Planck Society.

5. Term of appointment
The successful candidate should be able to start on or after April 1, 2021. The job start date can be negotiated.
The term of the contract will be renewed annually (for up to a total of three years in NINS and Princeton University).

6. Salary
 (1) The specially appointed research employee will be employed under an annual salary system and will receive a salary based upon the NINS standard taking into account the salary of a postdoctoral researcher in Princeton University as reference. The salary will be paid monthly by installments.
(2) The specially appointed research employee will be eligible for enrollment in health insurance.
(3) Travel and relocation costs to IRCC-AFP will be covered, subject to the travel regulations of NINS.

7. Place of work
The primary work place for the IRCC-AFP fellow will be the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. The fellow will also make extended visits to NAOJ or NIFS in Japan following to the plan of promoting the international collaboration.

8. Application deadline: February 26, 17:00 (JST), 2021.
Review will continue until an appropriate candidate is selected.

9. Reviewing and selection system
Selection will be made by the selection committee of IRCC-AFP. The first screening will be done based upon the examination of all submitted documents. After the first screening, we will have an interview as the second screening via the internet or face-to-face. The expense for the interview will not be covered by IRCC.

10. Documents to be submitted
Documents must be written in English for the international review.
(1) CV
(2) Publication list
(3) A brief summary of research history and a statement of research plans related to the areas of IRCC-AFP collaboration research. These documents should be 1 to 3 pages in length.
(4) Name and e-mail address, from whom recommendation letters can be requested. At least one person is necessary. Two or more persons are favorable.
(5) Any other documents useful for the review.

Send your application documents by e-mail to: E-mail: nins-kokusai@nins.jp
Subject of e-mail: “Application for specially appointed research employee for IRCC-AFP”.

11. Contact Information for the International Research Collaboration Center
(1) Regarding application documents
Liaison and Planning Division, Administrative Bureau, National Institutes of Natural Sciences
E-mail: nins-kokusai@nins.jp
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, 2F Hulic Kamiyacho Building, 4-3-13 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan

(2) Regarding research
Prof. Anatoly Spitkovsky
E-mail: anatoly@astro.princeton.edu
Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

Prof. Yasushi Todo
E-mail: todo@nifs.ac.jp
National Institute for Fusion Science

12. Miscellaneous
IRCC will not use application documents for any other purpose but this selection. Application documents will be disposed after the selection.

APPENDIX

Members of IRCC-AFP in Japan
Prof. Shoichi Okamura (National Institutes of Natural Sciences)
Prof. Kohji Tomisaka (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)
Prof. Yasushi Todo (National Institute for Fusion Science)
Prof. Ryoji Matsumoto (Chiba University)
Prof. Yasushi Ono (University of Tokyo)
Prof. Tomo-hiko Watanabe (Nagoya University)
Prof. Kengo Tomida (Tohoku University)

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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 one application, found here: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17501. 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 Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences Fellowship, you must apply here: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17561
For the Gravity Initiative, you must apply here: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17141

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 (see www.51pegasib.org). 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 and the Terra Hunting Experiment. Candidates who may be interested in designating Princeton as a host institution for the 51 Peg Fellowship are encouraged to contact Professor Joshua Winn 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 postapp21@astro.princeton.edu with any questions. We will do our best to reply in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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