Research Associate in Astronomy University of Washington, Department of Astronomy United States

Astronomy – Research Associate


Position Overview

Organization: College of Arts and Sciences, Astronomy


Title : Research Associate


Search Number : NN26351


Position Details

We invite applications for up to three DIRAC Postdoctoral Fellows in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. These 3-year DIRAC Fellowships are available to promising, early career researchers interested in the application of novel statistical and computational techniques to fundamental questions in astrophysics. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in research that either complements or builds upon ongoing research directions within the DIRAC Institute. Successful candidates will work with the current DIRAC faculty and researchers to develop their own programs of research and innovation.


DIRAC Institute ( is a newly formed center for data intensive astrophysics at the University of Washington. The Institute consists of six faculty and senior fellows, and over 20 postdoctoral researchers and research scientists. It has active research programs in Cosmology, Solar System science, Milky-Way structure, and the Variable and Transient universe.


The University of Washington is a partner in the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) project, a new time-domain survey which will begin operations in early 2018. The UW is a founding partner of the LSST project, and leads the construction of its time domain and solar system processing pipelines. Other research activities at UW/DIRAC include: understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using large surveys (SDSS, WISE, PanSTARRS PS1, and others), Solar system (minor planet) science, as well as the development of techniques, algorithms, and software for analysis of large astronomical datasets (“big data” data science).


A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, computer science, or a related subject is required. The initial appointment is for two years, renewable for a third year, and offers competitive salary and benefits. The appointment is expected to start no later than September 2018.


For benefits information, see the University of Washington benefits page:


Application Instructions

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests, samples of code they have written (preferably a link to github or equivalent) and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Nikolina Horvat at with subject line “ DIRAC postdoctoral application (your name)”. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, to assure full consideration, please send your application as early as possible.


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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