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SCIPP: Postdoctoral Scholar- Astrophysics (Open until filled, initial application deadline 1/15/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2018
Last review date: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP, and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics ( at the University of California Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar under the direction of Assistant Professor Alexie Leauthaud. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct forefront research with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) survey ( with opportunities to work on a broad range of topics including but not limited to cosmology, clusters, clustering, redshift-space distortions, gravitational lensing, simulations, and cross-correlations. The DESI survey begins collecting data in 2019/2020 making this an excellent time to join this collaboration. Projects that involve collaborations with DESI partners at Stanford, Berkeley, and LBNL will be fostered and encouraged. Applications from candidates with both observational and theoretical backgrounds will be considered. The candidate will join a diverse and vibrant cosmology research program ( and an active group of DESI members (including faculty X. Prochaska and Connie Rockosi). The selected candidate will have access to the Hyades super computer at UCSC.
Applicants with relevant experience with data or theory analysis and/or the demonstrated ability to undertake research independently, are strongly encouraged to apply,

Postdoctoral Scholar

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Particle Physics.

August 1, 2019, or as soon as possible after the initial review of applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position #JPF00619-19T in all correspondence.


  • Research statement that briefly summarizes your relevant experience and research plans (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • List of Publications (required)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation.* Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 15, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Research Statement - Statement that briefly summarizes your relevant experience and research plans

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

How to apply

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  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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