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Cosmology Postdoc at Energetic Cosmos Laboratory

Posted: March 02 2020
by Eric Linder
Postdoctoral researcher positions are available at the Energetic Cosmos
Laboratory (ECL, headed by Nobel Laureate George Smoot
at Nazarbayev University (NU) in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan.
We seek candidates experienced in theory or data science to join ECL's
exciting cosmology and frontier astrophysics programs.

The Theory/Data program studies cosmology with theoretical models and
data science applied to cosmic surveys (cosmic microwave background,
large scale structure, supernovae, strong lenses). The postdoc will work
primarily with Prof. Eric Linder, and interaction is encouraged with
Prof. George Smoot on the Ultra Fast Astrophysics and Bruce Grossan on
the energetic universe (gamma ray burst, fast radio burst) programs.

ECL has built and operates a rapid response telescope for optical transients,
able to point within 8 seconds, used to search for prompt optical emission
from gamma ray bursts. ECL is building instrumentation to open the
Ultrafast Astrophysics frontier, with cameras capable of scanning the sky
for optical phenomena on microsecond to nanosecond timescales. This interacts
with our research in fast radio bursts (FRBs), GRBs, and may yield wholly
new discoveries.

Researchers at ECL have the opportunity for working visits to partner labs
at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, APC Paris, Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology, or other labs in Asia. The starting
date is anticipated between June-October 2020. NU is a modern research
university, with English as the working language, located next to the site
of World Expo 2017, with strong ties to Berkeley and Paris universities.
University housing is generally provided at no cost.

Applicants should email a single PDF file containing curriculum vitae, list
of publications, short statement of research interests and plans related to
the ECL programs, and at least three names and contact information for
references to [Log in to view email].

Applications will reviewed as they come in.

[Picture: Calabi-Yau-like sculpture on Expo 2017 grounds across from university]