Computational Cosmology Postdoctoral Fellow

Berkeley Lab’s Computational Cosmology Center (C3) is seeking postdoctoral fellows to work on topics related to cosmological simulations and inference of cosmological parameters using simulations and observational data. Areas of interest are broad, including: development of hydrodynamical Nyx code and simulations, large-scale structure and reionization models, statistical and machine learning methods for future sky surveys, surrogate modeling of expensive cosmological simulations and others. Ideal candidates would be capable of generating their own research ideas and have good programming skills.

Berkeley Lab is a full member of several cosmology surveys, including eBOSS, DESI, and LSST, and is involved in CMB experiments. Postdoctoral researchers will have access to significant allocations on some of the world-leading supercomputers including Cori (Berkeley/NERSC), Theta (Argonne/ALCF) and Summit (Oakridge/OLCF) and will interact with researchers from UC Berkeley departments including Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) and Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS).

What You Will Do:

Become an essential member of a diverse team of cosmologists, applied mathematicians and computer scientists, working together on cosmological simulations and parameter inference.

Publish and present research results in journals and conference proceedings.

What is Required:

PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics or a related field.

Strong interest in numerical simulations and/or statistical and machine learning techniques.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a diverse team.

Experience with High-Performance Computing in scientific context is preferred.

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Taleo:

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Statement describing research interests

At least 3 letters of recommendation

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation must be submitted directly to Zarija Lukic at

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on 1/10/20.


This is a full-time 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

There are multiple openings for this position.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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