Jobs & Opportunities @ KICP
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2017
The KICP announces the 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunity. Scientists receiving a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or related fields between May 2013 and September 2017 are invited to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct original research in experimental, observational, numerical, or theoretical cosmology in an active interdisciplinary environment. Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed to renewable one-year terms, up to three years. Our positions carry a salary and benefits package comparable to other prize fellowships.

Research at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), based at the University of Chicago, is focused on interdisciplinary topics in cosmological physics: studying the inflationary era, characterizing dark energy, and identifying the constituents of the dark matter. Experimental studies of the CMB (polarization anisotropy and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect); analysis of cosmological data including CMB data, large-scale structure survey data, and Type Ia supernova data; analysis of data from the Dark Energy Survey; gravitational lensing and gravitational wave studies; experimental particle astrophysics; direct detection of dark matter particles and numerous topics in theoretical cosmology constitute the current slate of activities. The KICP also has active visitors, symposia, and education/outreach programs. Information about the KICP can be found at the KICP website.

To apply for the KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, please complete the online application form Application form. Requested information includes email contact information for 3 references who can independently write a letter of support for the applicant. Supplemental materials (Cover Letter; Curriculum Vitae; Research Statement; List of Publications) should be submitted as PDF files on the application form (each up to 10MB). If you have any questions, please contact

The positions will remain open until filled; however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials (and ensure that 3 letters of recommendation are received) by October 31, 2016. The positions are expected to begin in the Fall of 2017.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Undergraduate Positions
Undergraduates @ KICP
The KICP strongly supports undergraduate research internships. Local students who would like to work with KICP faculty should fill out the interest form to begin the process of securing a position at the Center.

Each year we also host students from a national REU program administered through the Department of Physics that specifically targets women and under-represented minorities.
Outreach Opportunities
Space Explorers, students & instructors
The KICP's education and outreach programs offer many ways for members of the academic community to contribute and reach beyond the ivory tower. The Institute also encourages the participation of K-12 educators, museum staff, and others (e.g., members of industry, artists). The KICP has a dedicated person who can facilitate your involvement at any level. Our existing programs offer many possibilities (see Education & Outreach) and we are very open to new ideas and suggestions. Examples of ways to be involved include working directly with inner-city middle and high school students, participating in a residential science institute at Yerkes Observatory, creating electronic media for museums and the web, developing curricula, and mentoring students and K-12 educators.

If interested in becoming involved in an existing program, starting something new, collaborating, or just finding out more, please contact Randall H. Landsberg, the KICP's Director of Education & Outreach, directly.

Inner-City Enrichment Teaching Assistant: Each year the KICP typically supports one graduate student who organizes weekly hands-on laboratories and residential science institutes for local middle and high school students. This position is an excellent opportunity to broaden one's career and gain experience in classroom teaching and course design. Interested parties should contact Randall H. Landsberg, the Institute's Director of Education & Outreach.
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics has an active and well supported Visitor Program. The program is flexible to encourage the widest community participation, and because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Institute, it offers new and unexpected opportunities. Visitors can include faculty-level researchers, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and K-12 educators drawn from academia, national laboratories, industry, and even science museums and K-12 institutions. The KICP also provides an environment ripe for researchers who are changing fields or exploring new research directions. If you would like to visit our Institute, please contact any of our members. They are listed, along with their contact information, on our People page. To view past, current, and future visitors and their contact information, see our Visitors page.