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Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Astrophysical Surveys (CAPS) at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications from Ph.D. scientists for the CAPS postdoctoral fellowship. This independent fellowship is for three years and offers a competitive salary, benefits, and research funds.

This fellowship offers an opportunity to carry out independent research and to be connected with the vibrant research programs in astrophysics at the University of Illinois. Existing research programs at Illinois include the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Vera Rubin Observatory (VRO) and the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), SDSS-V, South Pole Telescope (SPT), and CMB-S4. NCSA leads data management and processing for the DES project with support from the National Science Foundation and is a partner in the construction and commissioning of VRO. Illinois is an institutional member of the SPT collaboration and participating in the design
and planning for CMB-S4.

The selected candidate will be part of the new center at NCSA. 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. There is a strong overlap and synergy between CAPS and the Departments of Astronomy and Physics. This year we anticipate prioritizing candidates with a research emphasis towards the long-wavelength regime and engagement towards CMBS4 and/or ngVLA.

Candidates should have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by Fall 2021. Applicants are requested to submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Summary of previous and current research (strictly limited to two pages)
  • A research proposal relevant to NCSA’s research portfolio (strictly limited to one page)
  • Arrange for three letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is February 15, 2021 for full consideration. Please contact Prof. Joaquin Vieira (, with any questions. Please send all materials in PDF format to: Deanna Spivey ( Please include “CAPS Fellowship” in the subject line for all communications.

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.