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The Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of cosmic microwave background experiment, with extensive experience in instrumentation and data analysis. This position will be for two years, with the possibility of an extension for a third year, depending upon performance and availability of funding. This is a full-time, 100% appointment.

This position will be in Dr. Brian Keating’s group in the Physics Department of UC San Diego. The group focuses on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The research in this position will be focused on developing the Small Aperture Telescopes (SATs) of the Simons Observatory where one of the SATs is being built at San Diego/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The SATs have compact refractive optics with a 42 cm diameter aperture. The 100 mK focal planes are instrumented with Horn- or Planar-Antenna-Coupled, dichroic, Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) bolometer arrays. The TESes are readout using a microwave MUX system.

Basic qualifications: (Required at the time of application)

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree or be in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree at the time of application.

Additional qualifications: (Required by start date)

  • Candidates must have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent international degree by the start date of the job.
  • Candidates should have no more than three years of previous postdoctoral experience.

Preferred qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Physics in experimental cosmology. Expertise in cryogenics, optics, TES detectors, multiplexed readout, and data analysis is desirable.

Salary and Benefits:

(full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Brian Keating, or Kam Arnold,


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Publications List