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Job Category: Postdoctoral
Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Department: Berkeley Center For Cosmological Physics
Closing Date: 08/30/2013

Postdoctoral Scholar, Assistant Researcher, Project Scientist

Job # JPF00167 in AP Recruit

Cosmology Data-Science Fellow positions at all levels from post-doctoral through more senior scientist available in new “Cosmology Data Science Initiative” at Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.

The Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) at UC Berkeley is inaugurating a new “Cosmology Data-Science Initiative,” with four or five positions available at all levels from post-doctoral through senior scientist, depending on experience.  The members of this group will explore a novel approach to Cosmology Data Science (CDS):  Each CDS Fellow will have half their research devoted to a specific cosmology project of the BCCP, working as a scientist in a research group with all of the expected goals of project planning, data collection, data reduction/analysis, publication, and conference-presentation of results.   The other half of each CDS Fellow’s research will examine the data-science steps needed to accomplish these science goals, and look for approaches to redesign these steps to make the current and future science projects progress significantly faster.   Questions that the CDS Initiative is intended to address here include: What are the current data science steps that are slowing down the scientists and/or distracting them from their primary science questions?   What aspects make it difficult for a new member of a research team to come up to speed and begin contributing quickly?   Why is it difficult to benefit from the software that was written for a previous project, or by a previous member of the science team?   For this data-science half of the CDS Fellow’s research the Fellows will work not just individually, but also together as a CDS Initiative team, with the goal of finding or inventing common solutions to the problems and opportunities that they identify.    This CDS team will also meet regularly with Data Science Fellows in other fields at UC Berkeley.

The CDS Fellows will have the opportunity to interact and work with the broad spectrum of cosmology researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy and Physics Departments, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The experimental and observational cosmology programs at Berkeley include supernovae, galaxy clustering, weak lensing and cosmic microwave background, in addition to a broad theoretical cosmology research program. Information on the BCCP's current activities and membership may be found at the BCCP's website: The Fellows will also find a rich data-science environment at UC Berkeley and LBNL, with world-expert researchers in both the computer science and domain science aspects of this emerging field.

Candidate should have obtained a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a related field before their appointment start date and ideally should have several years of postdoctoral experience. We are looking for individuals with strong scientific research experience, ideally in cosmology, as well as strong interest and experience in data science approaches.  We expect to make two to four Cosmology Data-Science Initiative Fellow appointments. The positions are available immediately.   The positions are for two years initially, with a possibility of further extension of up to additional 3 years, subject to a performance review. Further extensions beyond this may be possible subject to availability of funds.

To apply, submit a copy of your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and statement of cosmology and data science research interests to To receive full consideration please send the material by August 30, 2013, but later applications may also be considered until all the positions are filled.  At least 3 letters of reference should also be submitted by the same date.  For further inquiries contact BCCP directors Uros Seljak at and Saul Perlmutter at For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Melissa Barclay at  Salary will be commensurate with experience at or above a typical postdoctoral salary.  

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:

UC Berkeley is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.