Opportunities

Below is a list of the current opportunities available at KIPAC. Deadlines and details of the application processes are given on the linked sites. Please check these sites regularly for updated deadlines and details.

Faculty position at SLAC

The Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at SLAC is doing a broad faculty search in all areas relevant to its program. Science areas related to the broad Cosmic Frontier program, including KIPAC, are a particular focus. We are looking for candidates who will lead an experimental or theoretical research program in one or more of the areas of dark energy, dark matter, inflation, structure formation, or other emerging areas in the Cosmic Frontier. The search will focus at the assistant professor level; applicants at the associate or full professor level may also be considered in areas where program leadership is important. 

Apply here by November 15, 2021.

Panofsky Fellowship at SLAC

The Panofsky Fellowship is a five-year fellowship, intended to recognize exceptional and promising young scientists who would most benefit from the unique opportunity to conduct their research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, including research in all of the leading Cosmic Frontier surveys (DES, DESI, LSST, and CMB-S4), dark matter experiments, and theoretical and computational cosmology.  The Panofsky Fellowship provides a pathway to a continuing staff appointment at SLAC, and provides generous research support including funding for a postdoctoral researcher.

The 2020-2021 competition is closed; details of the 2021-2022 competition will be posted in the fall.

Postdoctoral Positions

KIPAC has a number of opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships each year.  Applications are due each November for positions that begin in the summer or fall of the following year. Research interests at KIPAC cover a range of areas in astrophysics and cosmology, including a broad range of experimental, computational, observational, and theoretical topics, and we encourage applications for postdoctoral fellows in all of these areas.

Scientist and Technical Positions

From time to time, the KIPAC's projects advertize specific scientist or technical positions on the staff at SLAC. General staff scientist openings are rarer but do come up, and are advertized similarly to KIPAC faculty positions.

Currently, Rubin Observatory has several open positions at SLAC:

To search for open positions across the lab, see the SLAC Careers webpage.

Visiting Scientists

We have an active program of visitors to KIPAC, and encourage visits from scientists who have interests in any of the areas in which we do research. If you would like to visit KIPAC, please contact any of our members. Local and Travel information for visitors is available here.

Graduate Students

KIPAC provides excellent opportunities for graduate students to do cutting-edge research in wide range of topics in astrophysics and cosmology. Prospective graduate students should apply to the Physics Department at Stanford. Both prospective and current students are encouraged to contact any of the KIPAC faculty members to discuss possible research opportunities. More information for prospective students, including a partial list of research opportunities can be found here.

Undergraduate Students

Several KIPAC members have research opportunities for Stanford undergraduate students.  Stanford undergraduates should look at KIPAC Faculty Research Interests, and contact the faculty members directly. In addition, we support a number of external students each year through various summer research programs, including: 

  • the SULI program (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships, sponsored by the US DOE)
  • the CAMPARE program (for students at California State Colleges and Community Colleges) -- deadline expected for summer 2022: February 1, 2022
  • the SR-EIP program (run by the Leadership Alliance, for students that are underrepresented in science) -- deadline expected for summer 2022: February 1, 2022

High School Students

The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for High School Students is sponsored by the Stanford Office of Science Outreach, and there are occasional opportunities to participate in this program hosted by a group at KIPAC. 

Other Opportunities at Stanford & SLAC