Postdoctoral as well as more experienced researcher positions are available at the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory (ECL; http://ecl.nu.edu.kz), headed by Nobel Laureate George Smoot at Nazarbayev University (NU) in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. We seek candidates experienced in 1) cutting edge instrumentation, 2) astrophysics observing and data analysis, and 3) theory/data science, to join ECL’s exciting frontier astrophysics and cosmology programs.
In Instrumentation, research areas include MKIDs, gamma ray bursts, and ultrafast optical transients. ECL has built and operates a cryogenic sensor research facility, with particular emphasis on MKIDs detectors in both mm-wave and optical/IR regimes. The goal of this program is to improve MKIDs devices for instrumentation in both CMB and optical/IR surveys. Instrumentation and high-speed electronics experience are particularly valuable. ECL has also built a rapid response telescope for optical transients, able to point within 8 seconds, used to search for prompt optical emission from gamma ray bursts (GRBs). We seek postdocs with experience in astrophysics observing and data reduction, instrumentation, and DAQ hardware. 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, possibly optical SETI, and may yield wholly new discoveries.
In Theory/Data, the postdoc will work approximately half time on theoretical cosmology and data science for cosmic surveys (e.g. of the cosmic microwave background and large scale structure) and half time on theory/data issues related to the experimental programs. The postdoc will work primarily with Prof. Eric Linder, and interact with Prof. George Smoot on the Ultra Fast Astrophysics and Bruce Grossan on the energetic universe programs.
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 can be anytime January-September 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. Nur-Sultan is a modern capital city, welcoming to foreigners, known for unusual architecture, with a wide range of cultural as well as culinary, entertainment, and socializing opportunities. Exceptionally qualified candidates can be appointed at a research scientist or project scientist level. University housing is generally provided at no cost.
Applicants should email a single PDF file containing curriculum vitae, list of publications, a short plan of research related to ECL programs, and at least three names and contact information for references. Applicants are especially encouraged to look over our website ecl.nu.edu.kz under the research tab, and to formulate a research plan in areas similar to our present programs.
Applications will reviewed as they come in.