Project researcher position in the area of astrophysics and cosmology done with the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS)

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) is seeking to hire a postdoc in the area of astrophysics and cosmology done with the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS).

The successful applicant will participate in development of analysis pipelines, modeling and commissioning for the PFS. The tasks will include the optimization of observing procedures within the constraints of the performance of the hardware, the evaluation and optimization of observing procedures, and the development of target selection and analysis pipeline utilizing machine learning and other statistical methods. The funding for this position and this research program is based on “Beyond AI” program at the University of Tokyo, .

The PFS instrument is a fiber-fed spectrograph at the prime focus of the 8.2-m Subaru Telescope, with 2394 fibers feeding 4 identical spectrographs, each with 3 arms separated by dichroics, covering the wavelength range 0.38 to 1.26 microns. The PFS survey consists of 360 nights on the 8.2-m Subaru telescope over five years following commissioning in 2021-22. Its main scientific themes are cosmology, galaxy evolution, and Galactic archaeology. 

The successful applicant is expected to work primarily with Masahiro Takada, Naoyuki Tamura and their PFS collaborators. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a closely related field. The position is for a term of 3 years. The applications should include a CV, research statement, publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. They should be uploaded at “Application Form”. (You need the registration of <>)

The search is open until filled, but for full consideration please submit the applications and letters by April 20, 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Email inquiries regarding the application process may be sent to Kavli IPMU AJO INQUIRY <>