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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Astronomy Department is a research-oriented unit with broad interests, from the cosmic microwave background to the origin of the Moon. 

Our faculty have joint appointments with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Physics Department, the Chemistry Department, the Statistics Department, and the School of Information Sciences, and we are deeply involved in Dark Energy Survey, LSST, and the South Pole Telescope.  Although we have no faculty searches underway, we are always seeking to identify prospective faculty members at all ranks.

If you are interested in Illinois Astronomy, we are interested in learning more about you. 

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The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications from Ph.D. scientists for postdoctoral position working on survey science with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) The position is full-time for 3 years and offers a competitive salary, benefits, and research funds. The proposed starting date is August 3, 2020, although this is flexible.

We encourage candidates with broad interests in survey science and cosmology. The researcher will work with Prof. Gautham Narayan and other scientists at the University of Illinois and NCSA. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) inference of morphology, SEDs and photometric redshifts using existing multiwavelength wide-field surveys, using machine learning to discover unusual and exotic transients within the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) alert stream, modeling the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources, and constraining the nature of dark energy with photometric samples of SNIa.

The selected candidate will be part of the new Center for Astrophysical Surveys (CAPS) and will have access to facilities and data at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. NCSA is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Existing research programs at Illinois include the Dark Energy Survey (DES), LSST, SDSS-V, WFIRST, CMB-S4, and the South Pole Telescope (SPT), along with the development of future ground-based, balloon, and satellite projects. NCSA leads data management and processing for the DES project with support from the National Science Foundation, is a partner in the construction and commissioning of LSST and, will be the global central hub for LSST processing, archiving, and serving terabytes of data that will be collected each night of the decade-long survey.

Applicants are requested to submit a:
    - Cover Letter describing your interest in LSST and this position
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Summary of previous and current research (2-3 pages)
    - Names and contact information for three references

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2019 for full consideration.
Please send all materials as a single file in pdf format to Prof. Gautham Narayan (, with “LSST Survey Science Postdoc” in the subject line.

Candidates should have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by Fall 2020. Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check Policy.

The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history.

Illinois and Prof. Narayan welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (