Jobs & Opportunities @ KICP
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2020
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) announces its 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship competition. Scientists receiving a PhD in physics, astrophysics, or related fields between May 2016 and September 2020 are invited to apply. Successful applicants will conduct original research in experimental, observational, numerical, or theoretical cosmological physics in areas of interest to the KICP faculty. KICP Fellows are appointed to renewable one-year terms, for up to three years. Our positions carry a salary and benefits package comparable to other prize fellowships.

The KICP provides a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. Current topics of interest to its faculty include: the inflationary era; dark energy; dark matter; experimental and theoretical studies of the CMB; analysis of cosmological data including CMB, large-scale structure surveys (especially the Dark Energy Survey), and type Ia supernova; gravitational lensing and gravitational-wave studies; observational cosmology; experimental particle astrophysics; and direct and indirect detection of dark-matter. The KICP has an active program of visitors, symposia, and meetings as well as Education and Outreach opportunities. Diversity and Inclusion are core values of the KICP, and all members of the KICP are expected to adhere to our Community Values. Information about the KICP can be found at the KICP website

To apply for a KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship website and complete the online 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).

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The positions will remain open until filled; however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application by October 31, 2019 and ensure that 3 letters of recommendation are received by November 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019. The positions are expected to begin in the Fall of 2020.

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Undergraduate Positions
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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
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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.

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.

If interested in becoming involved in these existing programs, starting something new, collaborating, or just finding out more, please contact Ted Ressell, the KICP's Assistant Director, directly.

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.