Central European Institute for Cosmology and Fundamental Physics

CEICO Junior Research position in Photosensors for Cosmological Observations

The Central European Institute of Cosmology and Fundamental Physics (CEICO), at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, welcomes applications for a Junior Postdoctoral Researcher position.

The duration of the post is up to three years, available from May 1, 2018, but both earlier and later starting dates are negotiable. The initial contract is for one year, renewable for a further two years subject to performance. The monthly gross salary is 50 000 CZK from which tax, social and health insurance are deducted. An annual travel budget of at least 100 000 CZK is offered. Candidates are expected to have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD degree in Physics, Engineering or a related field.

Successful candidates are expected to become active (if they are not already) in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project and/or the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). Further information about LSST and DESC can be found at https://www.lsst.org/ and http://lsst-desc.org/.

Successful candidates will work on any of the following areas of research:

  • Establishing a laboratory within the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences for extensive testing of CCD and CMOS detectors for astronomical applications;
  • Characterization of CCD sensors and science rafts during production and commissioning; optimization of performance of the LSST camera and electronics; understanding of limitations for science observables coming from the instrument
  • LSST science preparations; development and optimization of tools for processing scientific data and data management
  • DESC software development; running and developing of various simulations; study of dark energy probes and observables
  • Test new photosensitive detectors for next-generation cosmological surveys

The application:

Applicants are requested to apply using the online form accessible below by uploading a single pdf file (font size no less than 11) with

-      Curriculum Vitae.

-      List of publications.

-      A one-page statement of past research achievements.

-      A one-page research proposal, describing also how their research interests would fit within CEICO.

The contact details of at least three academic referees must be supplied in the form. As the application system will contact the referees automatically, it is the applicant’s responsibility to inform them of their application and the deadline. 

The deadline for all application material (including reference letters) is March 31, 2018.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Michael Prouza, cebhmn@smh.pm. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

CEICO is a new research centre, established with funds from the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and the European Commission. The international team of experts is headed by Martin Schnabl and Costas Skordis and comprises staff members Michael Prouza, Ignacy Sawicki, and Alex Vikman, senior scientists Ted Erler, Joris Raeymaekers and Federico Urban and another ten postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. The team’s areas of research are: cosmology, gravity, string field theory, and instrumentation for cosmological observations. CEICO values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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