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The fall 2014 Astrophysics positions can be found by scrolling down.



Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Research Associate 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.   This opportunity is intended primarily to provide support for researchers in theoretical astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in all areas of astronomy are encouraged to apply.   The fellowship includes a substantial annual research fund.

Princeton astronomers with whom the applicant might collaborate include Neta Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of galaxies), Gaspar Bakos (extrasolar planets, instrumentation), David Bowen (UV astronomy), Adam Burrows (supernovae, planetary and stellar atmospheres), Renyue Cen (cosmological simulations), Christopher Chyba (solar system), Bruce Draine (interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman (gamma-ray bursts, accretion disks), J. Richard Gott (cosmology, general relativity), Jenny Greene (extragalactic astronomy), James Gunn (galaxies, instrumentation), Ed Jenkins (UV astronomy, interstellar medium), Russell Kulsrud (plasma astrophysics), Jill Knapp (interstellar medium, radio astronomy), Robert Lupton (image processing, astronomical surveys), Eve Ostriker (interstellar medium, star formation), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (galaxies, cosmology), Roman Rafikov (planet formation and dynamics), David Spergel (cosmology, extrasolar planets), Anatoly Spitkovsky (neutron stars, high-energy astrophysics), James Stone (MHD, star formation), Michael Strauss (extragalactic astronomy, surveys) and Ed Turner (extrasolar planets, gravitational lensing), as well as about 30 postdoctoral fellows and associate research scholars. There are also strong research groups with interest in astrophysics in the Physics, Geosciences, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments and at the nearby Institute for Advanced Study.   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, 2014, though earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree at the time of appointment, and must apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).   Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.   Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   Only web submissions will be considered.   All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, but you will be asked in the application process which positions you are interested in.   For further inquiries, contact postapp14@astro.princeton.edu.   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

 

 

Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

The Observatories at 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 September 2014.   The Fellow is expected to work two years at the main offices of the Observatories in Pasadena and two years at Princeton, 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, although 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, Carnegie operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, the 2.5-meter Dupont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes, and provides an excellent environment for observational astrophysics and cosmology.   The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton is a major partner in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and is collaborating with the Japanese astronomical community on large imaging and spectroscopic surveys with the Subaru Telescope, focused on extragalactic astronomy and planetary systems around other stars.   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 fellowship provides support for observing, travel, computing and publications, and the observing facilities will be accessible for the entire duration of the fellowship. 

Further information on the host institutions is available at http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/ and http://www.princeton.edu/astro

Applicants should 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 http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).  The research plan should address how the applicant intends to use the resources and facilities available at both host institutions.   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.

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to BOTH Carnegie Observatories via e-mail (c-pfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu) AND Princeton University via the online application.   The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with applicable EEO and Affirmative Action regulations.

For questions or additional information, please send email to c-pfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu and/or postapp14@astro.princeton.edu.   For additional information on the fellowship program at Carnegie, please visit: http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships.

 

 

Postdoctoral Position in Plasma Astrophysics

 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for postdoctoral research associate positions as part of a new 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 and other postdocs in the Department as well as research staff at PPPL and the IPP and MPA on fundamental problems in astrophysical plasma dynamics.   In particular, the center will study magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, properties of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, and dynamos and magnetic field amplification in stars and accretion disks. 

Applicants with interest and experience in theory, computation, and/or laboratory experiment 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 expected to begin on or about September 1, 2014.   Initial appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a possible total of up to three years.   Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, plasma physics, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vita, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 15, 2013.   Applicants must apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).   Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.   Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   Only web submissions will be considered.   All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, but you will be asked in the application process which positions you are interested in.   For further inquiries, contact jstone@astro.princeton.edu.   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

 

 

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Star Formation (TCAN)

 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in fluid dynamics code development and numerical modeling of star formation.   The successful candidate will work with Profs. J. Stone and E. Ostriker to implement advanced capabilities for multi-scale, multi-physics simulations within the radiation magnetohydrodynamics code Athena, and to investigate the formation and evolution of giant molecular clouds and star clusters within the galactic interstellar medium, following energetic feedback in detail.   The postdoctoral researcher will also closely collaborate with partners at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Santa Cruz, within the framework of a new Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN). 

A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field is required, together with previous experience in computational hydrodynamics and high-performance computing.   The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities as well as opportunities for travel.   Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to three years.   The nominal start date is September 1, 2014, though earlier start dates are possible.   Candidates should apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).   Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.   Candidates should include a curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for three references.   Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   Only web submissions will be considered.   All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, but you will be asked in the application form which positions you are interested in.   For this job, please indicate your interest in "Star Formation TCAN."   For further inquiries, contact Eve Ostriker (eco@astro.princeton.edu).   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

 

 

Postdoctoral Position in Extragalactic Astronomy

 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in extragalactic observational astronomy.   The postdoc will work on galaxy and/or supermassive black hole evolution with data from the upcoming Hyper-Suprime Camera survey on the Subaru Telescope, in collaboration with Princeton astronomers Jenny Greene, Michael Strauss, Jim Gunn, and Robert Lupton.   There is also the possibility to work with data from the upcoming SDSS IV MaNGA survey.

A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field is required.   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, 2014, although earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged.

Applicants should apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).   Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.   Candidates should include a curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for three references.   Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   Only web submissions will be considered.   All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department.   For further inquiries, contact Prof. Jenny Greene (jgreene@astro.princeton.edu).   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

 

 

Software Position

 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, expects to have one or more positions in the area of software development and support for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and testing of photometric and spectroscopic data from very large surveys.   The successful applicant will work with a group including Drs. Robert Lupton, Jim Gunn, Michael Strauss, Jenny Greene and David Spergel on a variety of projects in which the department is involved.   The expected starting date is September 1, 2014, though earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged. 

The Department is a member of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) 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.   Strauss and Lupton are heavily involved in scientific, management, and technical aspects of the LSST project and we expect that there will be an LSST software group in Princeton during construction.   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-SuprimeCam, 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 (2400 fiber) spectrograph to be placed at the Subaru Prime Focus.   In addition, we are using the Atacama Cosmology Telescope to map the intensity and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background at a variety of frequencies (ACTPOL). 

Software development and support for these projects will include work on algorithm development (e.g. the determination of Point Spread Functions; optimal processing of multi-epoch, multi-band data; and spectrophotometry with fiber spectrographs); design and implementation of application class libraries; and software engineering (examining the performance and scientific reliability of algorithms, as well as unit and regression testing of complex software systems). 

We seek candidates with a PhD in astrophysics or a related field, and extensive experience with scientific computing.   Applicants should have knowledge of optical or radio astronomy at faint levels, CCD or radio data, handling of large data sets, efficient automated data reduction, and/or image and spectroscopic analysis.   Responsibilities include algorithm development and debugging; evaluating the scientific performance of pipeline code on real data; writing robust, efficient code (primarily on Unix platforms in C/C++); and running and maintaining pipeline code.   Experience in python, software engineering practices, and astronomical instrumentation is desirable.   The appointment(s) will be made to the research or specialist staff at a level and salary commensurate with experience, for an initial period of one year which can be renewed for one or more years depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. 

Interested persons should send a curriculum vita, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references.   Applicants must apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1300597).   Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled.   All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, but you will be asked in the application process which positions you are interested in.   For further inquiries, contact postapp14@astro.princeton.edu.   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

 

 

 

Application Instructions

Note that this application need not be completed in a single sitting.  Your initial application MUST include your personal details, answers to the “Supplemental Questions” including which jobs you are interested in as applicable, and the contact information for your letter writers.  Submit the preliminary application so that the systen can contact your references as soon as possible.  Your CV, research statement and other attachments can be added or modified later if you’d like.  Indeed, we urge you to start the application and as soon as possible to allow the system to contact your references and receive your letters of recommendation.  

The online application process should take about 10 minutes.  

Go to the Jobs at Princeton website: https://jobs.princeton.edu  

Click on Search Open Positions on the top left of the page

Enter the Requisition Number from the ad above.

Click the SEARCH button.

Click View under Postdoctoral Research Associate

Click on the button APPLY FOR THIS POSTING at the top or bottom of the page.  

If you’ve never applied through this site before, then under New Applicant, click on Please create a new Application, and follow the directions as stated. Please make a record of your User Name and Password, as this will allow you to access your application later to add or update documents, and to check on the status of your reference letters. You will then be taken through a few short pages of personal details.   

If you are returning to your application to modify or add to it, then once you log in, the system will bring up the job listing and application you’ve already submitted. Here you may make changes to your documents and check on the status of your reference letters. To make changes to your attachments, click on Manage Documents.  

If you are applying for a postdoc position, then when you are filling out your initial application, after you fill in your personal details, a page will appear with a list of “Supplemental Questions”.  This is the place to indicate which positions you are applying for. Notice that you have the opportunity to apply for multiple positions with your single application.  

Next, you will be asked to provide references, i.e. people who will write your letters of recommendation. For each of your people who will write letters of recommendation, click on the ADD A NEW ENTRY button. Most importantly, enter the reference’s name, a valid e-mail address and select YES that we may e-mail the reference directly. The system will send instructions to each of your references telling them how they can upload your confidential reference letter. Note that a minimum of three references is required.  

Next, you will be asked to attach your application materials such as your research statement, etc. If you would rather add those later, you will be allowed to do so by the application deadline. To continue, it is okay to click on the FINISHED ATTACHING DOCUMENTS button, even if you have not yet attached all of your documents. You will indeed be able to return to your application later to attach or update your application materials if you wish. You may then see a message stating that “you may not be allowed to attach documents for this posting at a future time”. This is NOT the case, please ignore this. When asked, “Are you sure you want to finish attaching documents for this Posting?” do click on YES to continue.  

The final window will state that your application has been submitted. Remember that you WILL have the opportunity to add or modify your attachments later using your User Name and Password to log back in. At this point, make a note of your confirmation number for future reference and to re-enter the site to view or modify your application. You can also check on the status of your application later to see if your reference letters have been uploaded to the site.

 

 

FAQ

 


I started my application initially, but don’t remember my User Name and/or Password to get back in. How do I retrieve my User Name and Password so I can get back in to complete my application?

Under Existing Users, below the login area, click on I Forgot My Username/Password and follow the directions as stated.

 

I clicked on View Faculty & Academic Application; Some of my information is there, but it is missing my references and attachments. Also, at the bottom of the page is an Agreement where I am asked to sign, certifying that my information is true as entered. Do I need to sign this and send it in?

Please ignore this page. It does not show your entire application, only some parts of it. You may view your references and attachments separately. You do not need to physically sign this and send it anywhere. The submission of your application will count as an electronic signature.

 

For the attachments, does the 5MB maximum file size refer to the sum of the documents or each individual document?

Each individual document can be no more than 5 MB.

 

The attachment page indicates that you want separate CV and publications documents. Is it really necessary for them to be separate?

Yes, please.

 

I’m not ready to upload all of my application materials. Can I send them later?

Yes, you may save and come back to your application later to attach any or all of the documents. 

 

I’ve already uploaded my application materials, but now wish to update them. When I try, I get this message: “For Faculty and Academic Applications, if you update any single document while the Search is active, it is the responsibility of the candidate to alert the hiring manager in the department that you have provided revised materials that should replace what you originally submitted as part of your application.” What does this mean?

If you have already attached a document and wish to replace it with an updated version, you may do so. If you do, please send an e-mail to postapp14@astro.princeton.edu to let us know you have done so. We will make sure your most updated documents are part of your application.

 

I’ve already asked my references to provide letters of recommendation on my behalf, and they’ve indicated that they will send the letters to Princeton. Do I also need to provide the information here?

Yes, this is a critical step in your application. By indicating your references and their e-mail addresses here, we will contact them and give them instructions on how to upload your letters so that they are part of your application. Letters e-mailed or mailed separately may not become part of your application.

 

How can I find out whether or not my recommendation letters were received?

You may log into the system anytime after you’ve initially applied. Under References Received, click on View Status.

 

I’ve changed my mind as to which jobs I’m interested in and/or who my letter writers should be. How do I change those?

If you need to make such a change, please send an e-mail to postapp14@astro.princeton.edu

 

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes, when you log back in to your application, click on “Withdraw Application” under Status.

 

I entered my personal information, answered the questions and indicated my references. I didn’t yet upload my documents, as I wanted to come back and do that later, but I received the following message:

Your Application Has Been Submitted
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astrophysical Sciences
The following is your confirmation number:
Thank you for submitting your application.

This is confusing, because my application is not complete. What do I do?

Click the OK button. This means that everything you entered has been received. You are still able to go back into your application to add or modify your attachments. 

 

I am applying for an external fellowship (Hubble, Einstein, Sagan, Jansky, NSF, etc) that I wish to bring to Princeton. How should I proceed?
 
 
First, we encourage you also to apply through the normal channels, as described above; the competition for those fellowships is fierce. Second, most of these fellowships require identifying a faculty sponsor or mentor at your host institution. Please write to whomever on our faculty would be most appropriate for this, or send e-mail to postapp14@astro.princeton.edu if you are not sure whom to approach. Even if you need not identify a mentor, we would appreciate knowing if you are planning to list Princeton as your first-choice institution in your fellowship application; do send a note to this effect to postapp14@astro.princeton.edu.
 
We unfortunately are blocked from accepting a new Hubble Fellow starting in Fall 2014.
 
 
 
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
 

Please send an e-mail to postapp14@astro.princeton.edu with any questions.