Astronomy – Research Associate (NN15584)

Position Overview

Organization: College of Arts and Sciences, Astronomy

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN15584

Position Details

Postdoctoral Position with the LSST group, University of Washington

Up to three full-time postdoctoral level positions are available in the LSST group at the University of Washington. The successful candidates will work with Professor Mario Juric and Dr. Simon Krughoff on the development of the software for the data management system for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and research of algorithmic problems related to LSST.

The LSST will be the largest astronomical survey ever undertaken, surveying half the sky every three nights, detecting a hundred million stars and galaxies per night and amassing a data set in excess of 6 PB per year. It is currently in construction, and expected to enter commissioning in 2019. The University of Washington is leading the development of software for real-time analysis of the nightly data streams to enable rapid follow-up of time varying phenomena: e.g., the rapid detection and characterization of transients, characterization of variability, discovery and linking of asteroids, including NEOs, etc. All LSST data processing codes are open source, and designed to be usable on precursor surveys as well as LSST. More information can be found at

Successful candidates will spend 80% of time working on LSST-related software development and research, with 20% of time available for undirected research. In addition to LSST, ongoing research activities in the survey group at UW include understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using large surveys (SDSS, WISE, PanSTARRS PS1, and others), Solar system (minor planet) science, as well as development of techniques, algorithms, and software for analysis of large astronomical datasets (“big data” data science).

A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, computer science, or a related subject is required. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable up to three years, and offers competitive salary and benefits. The appointment is expected to start no later than September 2016.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests, samples of code they have written (preferably a link to github or equivalent) and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Mario Juric at with subject line “postdoctoral application (your name)”. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but only those received by January 1st, 2016 will be assured full consideration.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.