Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Carnegie Supernova Project (CSP) has an opening for a postdoctoral position to participate in a research program to improve the use of type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) as precision standard candles. During the last 5 years, the second stage of CSP (CSP-II) has produced a large sample of SNe Ia with accurate, well-sampled optical and near-infrared (NIR) light curves and spectra using the telescopes of the Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) in Chile. CSP-II has been further funded by the NSF to calibrate and analyze this unique data set and to make it available to the community. The data set will serve as a definitive reference for all future SN Ia dark energy experiments. The successful applicant will be based at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California and will use the CSP data to measure the expansion properties of the universe. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with CSP members on various research projects, as well as apply for telescope time at Las Campanas Observatory. Requests for additional information should be sent to Chris Burns ( and Mark Phillips (

Education Requirements:

Ph.D. in astronomy or physics Required

Required Qualifications:

Previous observational experience in the field of SNe and expertise in numerical modeling are highly desirable

Application and Deadline:

Applications should consist of a current vita including a list of publications, a statement of experience relevant to this position, and the names of three references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. 

Applications must be submitted through this website by clicking on the "Apply Now" button below.

Consideration of applicants will begin February 28, 2018.

Carnegie Observatories offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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