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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.  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.
 
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.  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, 2017, though earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged.
A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
 
Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016.  Applicants must apply via the web at:  http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671).  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest.  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.  For further inquiries, contact postapp17@astro.princeton.edu.
 


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 2017.  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.  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, 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.  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 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.  In particular, the Department is part of the SEEDS survey and the Hyper-Suprime Camera Survey, and the successful applicant will have full access to these surveys. In addition, we are heavily involved in planning for the Prime Focus Spectrograph Survey and invite participation in this new project as well.  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 and computational 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: 1600671) by November 1, 2016.  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.  A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
 
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to BOTH Carnegie Observatories AND Princeton University via the online applications.  The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  This position is subject to Princeton 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.
 
For questions or additional information, please send email to c-pfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu and/or postapp17@astro.princeton.edu.  For additional information on the fellowship program at Carnegie, please visit: http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships.
 


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 satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to three years.  The expected starting date is September 1, 2017 or earlier.  A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
 
Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016.  Applicants must apply via the web at:  http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671).  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest.  For further inquiries, contact Prof. Anatoly Spitkovsky (anatoly@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.
 


Postdoctoral position in Plasma Astrophysics/MPPC


 
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 expected to begin on or about September 1, 2017.  Initial appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a possible total of up to three years. 
A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
 
Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016.  Applicants must apply via the web at:  http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671).  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest.  For further inquiries, contact jstone@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.


Cosmology


 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, invites applications to fill a postdoctoral or more senior research position in cosmology.  The postdoc will work with David Spergel, Jo Dunkley and other members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences on one or more of these topics: (1) analysis and interpretation of CMB data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope; (2) analysis of data from the HyperSuprime Cam and/or (3) general cosmology theory.  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, 2017, though earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged.  A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
 
Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016.  Applicants must apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671).  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest.  For further inquiries, contact postapp17@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.
 


Position with WFIRST


 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, invites applications to fill a postdoctoral or more senior research position focused on cosmological analysis for the upcoming WFIRST mission. The postdoc will work with David Spergel and other members of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences on one or more of these topics: (1) development of techniques for analyses of data in the non-linear regime (e.g. higher order statistics); (2) cosmological simulation; (3) development of techniques for joint CMB/LSS analyses; (4) analyses on precursor data sets particularly HSC and ACD. 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, 2017, though earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged.  A PhD in Astronomy or a related field is required.
Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016. Applicants must apply via the web at:  http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671).  Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest. For further inquiries, contact Prof. David Spergel (dns@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.


Theory of Turbulence and Transport in Space and Astrophysical Plasmas


 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in the theory of turbulence and transport in space and astrophysical plasmas. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Matthew Kunz on a choice of frontier topics in the physics of weakly collisional, magnetized space and astrophysical plasmas, namely: kinetic Alfvén-wave turbulence, particle heating, phase mixing, and plasma microphysics in the solar wind; kinetic magnetorotational turbulence and transport in radiatively inefficient black-hole accretion flows; and modeling laboratory experiments of plasma dynamo, plasma Couette flow, and mirror and firehose instabilities. Analytical theory and kinetic particle-in-cell simulations will be used; accordingly, a strong background in plasma physics, astrophysical fluid dynamics, 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 satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2017 or earlier.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 1, 2016. Applicants must apply via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1600671). Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is 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 are of most interest. For further inquiries, contact Prof. Matthew Kunz (kunz@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.
 
 




Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Plasma Physics

An opening is available in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University for a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical plasma physics.  The researcher will participate in studies of the interaction of intense electromagnetic energy with plasma, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.  The successful applicant will have a PhD in theoretical plasma physics or a related field, including computational plasma physics.  A strong background in fluid dynamics or in plasma interactions in extreme regimes of plasma density, including solid-state plasma, will be valuable.  The expected starting date may be October 1, 2014, and is negotiable. Initial term of appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding.

Interested persons should send a curriculum vita, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references via the web at: http://jobs.princeton.edu (Requisition Number: 1400504). Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.  All applications received by September 1, 2014 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled.  This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.  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.  For further inquiries, contact Professor Nat Fisch at fisch@princeton.edu.
 


Application Instructions


Note that your application need not be completed in a single sitting.  Your initial application MUST include your personal details, answers to any “Supplemental Questions”, and the contact information for your letter writers.  Submit the preliminary application so that the system 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 your application 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 the position title.

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 make any changes to your documents (modify existing documents or uplaod new ones), please email postapp16@astro.princeton.edu to let us know, so we can be sure your most recent documents are part of your application to be reviewed.

If the application includes any “Supplemental Questions”, you are required to answer these.  These questions will allow you to apply for multiple positions as indicated 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 references, 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 a confidential reference letter on your behalf.  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. (NOTE: If you make any changes to your documents, such as modifying existing documents or uplaoding new ones) please email postapp16@astro.princeton.edu to let us know, so we can be sure your most recent documents are part of your application to be reviewed.)  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 postapp16@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 postapp16@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 postapp16@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 postapp16@astro.princeton.edu.
 
 
 
 
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
 

Please send an e-mail to postapp16@astro.princeton.edu with any questions.