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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bellarmine University
Job Location:
Louisville, Kentucky
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Company Description:

Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic higher education tradition and a bold vision for the future. Bellarmine has undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 3,500 students and continues to add new academic programs while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students. Bellarmine is listed in The Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges, is ranked in the National Universities in U.S. News and World Report's college rankings, and is a top university in Forbes' list of America's best colleges. In a survey by The Princeton Review, students praised Bellarmine as a place that is "welcoming to every single person and makes an effort to include everyone." Bellarmine students, faculty and staff engage in more than 25,000 cumulative hours of service each year, in Louisville and around the nation and world. Beginning in Fall 2020, Bellarmine's 22 athletic teams will compete in NCAA Division I, through an invitation from the ASUN Conference.

Bellarmine is located on a scenic 145-acre campus in the Highlands neighborhood and 46+ acres off-campus in Louisville, KY, which Forbes recently recognized as a "Top 15 City" for affordable living and National Geographic calls one of the "Best Small Cities in the U.S." Louisville is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Bellarmine is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Bellarmine is committed to core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Bellarmine will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of its increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential.

Job Description:

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Cosmology/Astrophysics at Bellarmine University with Rubin-LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC)

Bellarmine University, located in Louisville, KY is participating in the Rubin Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) project as part of the Kentucky Association for Research with LSST (KARL), a consortium of eight universities in Kentucky. KARL is a LSSTC member institution.  There is an annual AAS Regional meeting of astronomers/physicists in Kentucky and surrounding states, and an online summer senior/graduate-level seminar series between the KARL institutions. Faculty members of the Bellarmine Astrophysics group are part of the Rubin-LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) and have been contributing to DESC's Phosim (Photon Simulator) project. Bellarmine University's HPC cluster generated the DESC PhoSim Rubin Survey# 1 data that is available in the public domain. The Bellarmine Astrophysics group has state-of-the art facilities for research, a 384 core HPC cluster with 200TB disk storage space that is being used as a Rubin-DESC computing resource, 9 high end NVIDIA triple-monitor for data analysis and a 16 ft x 5 ft Hiperwall display system in the Advanced Visualization and Computational Lab (AVCL) for visualization.

Bellarmine University is seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate with a computational/observational research background in Cosmology or Astronomy or Astrophysics, to work for LSST-DESC focusing on exploration of dark energy, specifically on the development and testing of algorithms and software needed to pursue precise and accurate cosmological studies using weak lensing at the pixel level, quantitative assessment of potential biases in photometric redshift/cosmic shear estimators, and the development of solutions to meet the requirements for tomographic cosmic shear analyses. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be able to collaborate with others who are involved with the exploration of dark energy at Rubin-LSST. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is also expected to contribute to PhoSim project, such as code debugging and running the PhoSim jobs on the Bellarmine HPC cluster using Condor.  

The position will remain open until filled. Competitive benefits including health insurance offered.

Type of Appointment/Position: Full-Time 3-Year Postdoctoral Research Associate. Position can be renewed annually based on the job performance by the postdoc's supervisor.

Institution Classification/Type: Carnegie classification-Private Doctoral/Professional University and is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the National Universities.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Astrophysics or Cosmology or Physics by the starting date of the appointment.

Candidates must have strong computational abilities and coding skills and experience. Work experience in Python, Jupyter notebook, SQL and code development in HPC Linux Condor environment is desirable. Data analysis experience in the context of cosmology/astrophysics/astronomy is required. Prior research experience in galaxy clusters, weak lensing and/or analysis of photometric datasets is an asset. Familiarity with the Rubin Science Platform (RSP), Rubin-LSST pipeline design and development, and knowledge of machine learning techniques is a plus. 

Additional Information:

Bellarmine University is committed to core values of diversity, equity and inclusion and embraces diversity in our workforce among members of faculty, staff and administration. We remain committed to affirmative actions, policies, procedures and attitudes necessary to continue to build and retain a diverse and equitable workforce. We will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of our increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential. As part of Bellarmine's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we will seek to ensure that all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, job assignment, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, promotion, layoff and termination processes remain free of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, and statement of research background and past research experience.  In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the references directly to Professor Akhtar Mahmood at One of the three letters must be from the candidate's Ph.D. thesis advisor. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Professor Akhtar Mahmood

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