Jobs @ the Observatory

The Simons Observatory is building a team of dedicated professionals to work with us to build the next generation of state of the art telescopes and cameras.


Project Scientist - Berkeley California

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time project scientist position in the area of computational cosmology with an expected start date in summer or fall 2018. The research scientist will work on the development and deployment of the Simons Observatory (SO) data reduction pipeline. SO is a Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment that will deploy many tens of thousands of detectors on multiple telescope in the high Atacama Desert in Chile to gather the largest and most sensitive CMB dataset to date. From Chile, the data will be transferred to the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for reduction and analysis. This position is part of the overall SO data management team, which focuses on the reduction of the raw telescope data to well-characterized maps for science exploitation. Specifically, it will involve working with the Berkeley SO Data team to develop and deploy and exercise a computational framework capable of handling the SO data volume and complexity on state-of-the-art High Performance and High Throughput Computing facilities, including NERSC and XSEDE. The incumbent will work collaboratively as part of a distributed team and project schedule, including giving regular oral and written presentations.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

The Simons Observatory will be seeking postdoctoral researchers in areas including instrumentation, detector development, theory and analysis. The positions will be available over multiple Simons Observatory institutions. Contact one of our members if you are interested. Job postings will appear soon.

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Software Architect

The Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in New York City is looking to hire an experienced Software Architect to manage the scientific programming initiatives related to the Simons Observatory. This architect will work together with researchers at several partnering scientific institutions to develop, produce and implement the basic framework for converting petabytes of raw data into accurately calibrated maps of the microwave sky. Please follow the link below to view the full job description and to formally apply:

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Graduate Students

The Simons Observatory represents a fantastic opportunity for new graduate students looking forward to a career in cosmology and astrophysics. Students will work side by side with Simons Observatory faculty, postdocs, and engineers while we develop, build, observe and analyze data. The positions will be available over multiple Simons Observatory institutions. Contact one of our members if you are interested in this exciting opportunity.


Research and Development Engineer

Incumbent will be responsible for implementing a complex, novel set of instruments at a remote site in Northern Chile and at UCSD. Incumbent plays a key role in the research program supporting the site and will be intimately involved in translating the scientific requirements on the instrument into engineering specifications and design for the instrument and the site. As site operations are based on scientific goals, the incumbent is influential in the direction the research takes and final capabilities of the site. Also will represent the collaboration in Chile and at UCSD as a person knowledgeable on both the scientific research and the instrumentation located at the site in Chile.

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