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CEICO Postdoctoral Research position in Photosensors and Cosmology

The Central European Institute of Cosmology and Fundamental Physics (CEICO), at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position.

CEICO is a new research centre, established with funds from the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the European Commission. The international team of experts is headed by Martin Schnabl and Costas Skordis and comprises staff members Michael Prouza, Ignacy Sawicki and Alex Vikman, senior scientists Ted Erler and Joris Raeymaekers and other ten postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. The team’s areas of research are: cosmology, gravity, string field theory, and instrumentation for cosmological observations.

Further information about CEICO and its research programmes may be found at

Applicants are expected to have, or be working towards, a doctoral degree in Physics, Engineering or a related field. Candidates are expected to become (if not already) active in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project and/or Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). The LSST is a telescope currently under development in Chile and is designed to conduct a ten-year survey of the Universe. DESC is preparing for LSST science analyses, make synergistic connections with ongoing cosmological surveys and provide the dark energy science community with state of the art analysis tools.

Further information about LSST and DESC can be found at and at

Successful candidates will work on any of the following areas of research:

  • LSST science preparations; development and optimization of tools for processing scientific data and data managment
  • DESC software development; running and developing of various simulations; study of dark energy probes and observables
  • Characterization of CCD sensors and science rafts during production and commissioning; optimization of performance of the LSST camera and electronics; understanding of limitations for science observables coming from the instrument.

Fixed-term: The duration of this post is up to three years, starting in September 2017 (initial contract for 2 years, renewable for a further year subject to performance). Both earlier and later starting dates are negotiable.

The application:
Applicants are requested to apply by filling the online form at and uploading a single pdf file (font size no less than 11) with

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one-page statement of past research achievements.
  • A research proposal (max. 2 pages), describing also how their research interests would fit within LSST and DESC.
  • List of publications.

The contact details of at least three academic referees must be supplied online. As the application system will contact the referees automatically, it is the applicant’s responsibility to inform them of their application and the deadline.

The deadline for all application material (including reference letters) is June 30, 2017.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Michael Prouza, <prouzaatfzu [dot] cz>.
CEICO values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications from female physicists are strongly encouraged.

Michael Prouza