Center for AstroPhysical Surveys (CAPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Center for AstroPhysical Surveys (CAPS) at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications from Ph.D. scientists for the CAPS postdoctoral fellowship. This independent fellowship is for 3 years and offers a competitive salary, benefits, and research funds.

This fellowship offers an opportunity to carry out independent research and to be connected with the vibrant research programs in astrophysics at the University of Illinois. Existing research programs at Illinois include the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Vera Rubin Observatory (Rubin) and the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), South Pole Telescope (SPT), and CMB-S4. NCSA leads data management and processing for the DES project with support from the National Science Foundation and is a partner in the construction and commissioning of Rubin. Illinois is an institutional member of the SPT collaboration and participates in the design and planning for CMB-S4.

The selected candidate will be part of the Center for Astrophysical Surveys (CAPS) at NCSA. NCSA is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. There is a strong overlap and synergy between CAPS and the Departments of Astronomy and Physics. More information on CAPS can be found at

Candidates should have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by Fall 2024.

Applicants are requested to submit:

  • A single pdf that includes:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Summary of previous and current research (strictly limited to 2 pages)
    • A research proposal relevant to NCSA’s research portfolio (strictly limited to 1 page)
  • Arrange for three letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is February 15, 2024 for full consideration. Please contact Prof. Joaquin Vieira ([email protected]), with any questions. Please submit all materials to our application form:

Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check Policy.

The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 15
Application Deadline
2024 Feb 15


Prof. Joaquin Vieira