Postdoctoral Opportunities at KIPAC

The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a vibrant research institute focused on answering a wide range of exciting and fundamental questions in astrophysics and cosmology.  

We offer postdoctoral opportunities for recent Ph.D. scientists in astrophysics, cosmology, and extrasolar planetary science. These positions offer opportunities to develop innovative research programs in these areas using computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical approaches.  Existing research programs at KIPAC include studies of dark energy, cosmic dynamics and structure formation, galaxy formation, and the physics of inflation, studies of and searches for dark matter, and studies of black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, stars (including the sun), extrasolar planets, and other astrophysical sources.  A list of KIPAC Faculty research interests is here.

KIPAC is active in cosmic surveys including DES, DESI, and LSST, including the construction and integration of the LSST camera and leadership of the Dark Energy Science Collaboration. KIPAC is also playing a leading role in CMB experiments including BICEP/Keck Array, the South Pole Telescope, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, LiteBIRD, Simons Observatory, and planning for CMB-S4; dark matter experiments including LZ and SuperCDMS and hidden photon dark matter searches with DM Radio and axion-like dark matter with CASPEr; gamma-ray and X-ray observatories including the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, NuSTAR, IXPE (X-ray polarization) and the future Athena and Lynx missions; planning for the Euclid and WFIRST missions; CO intensity mapping; high energy density laboratory astrophysics; studies of our Sun with the Solar Dynamics Observatory; and studies of extrasolar planets including with the Gemini Planet Imager.

Our interests span instrumentation, observational and theoretical (both simulations and analytical) work, and exploration of fundamental physics. KIPAC offers access to excellent laboratory facilities for instrument development and significant computational resources for theoretical astrophysics research and data analysis.  KIPAC also provides the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary activities through the Stanford Data Science Initiative.

KIPAC is committed to an inclusive work environment and especially encourages applications from candidates who will diversity the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology.

Postdoc Benefits at Stanford

Postdoc Perks

Current Opportunities

Our postdoc competition for 2020 is closed.  We will offer several postdoctoral opportunities starting in Fall 2021, which will be posted starting in Summer 2020.  A short description of likely opportunities is below.

Kavli and Porat Fellowships

The Kavli and Porat Fellowship programs are three-year fellowships that offer outstanding young scientists with experience in computation, instrumentation, observation and theory opportunities to develop innovative research programs in astrophysics and cosmology. Kavli and Porat Fellows will have the freedom to set their own research direction, but will have KIPAC faculty mentors and the opportunity to collaborate with existing KIPAC groups. 

Stanford Science Fellows

We are very pleased that Stanford University has introduced a new Stanford Science Fellows program in the mathematical, physical, and life sciences for exceptionally qualified early-career scientists, with no more than two years of postdoctoral experience.  Fellows will pursue an independent research program and will have the opportunity to join one or more faculty research groups.  The program will include community-building activities to foster career development and leadership skills, and workshops, seminars, informal lunches and dinners, and discussions with Stanford faculty and visitors on current topics throughout the natural sciences.

Joint Stanford-Santa Cruz Cosmology Fellowships

We are offering a independent four-year fellowship in cosmology (broadly defined) jointly with the University of California, Santa Cruz. This fellowship offers an opportunity to carry out independent research and to be connected with the vibrant cosmology programs at both Stanford and UCSC, which are located 50 miles apart. Fellows will choose a mentor at each institute and will split their time between the two institutes over the duration of the fellowship, including the option to spend two years at each institute. Preference will be given to applicants who have not done extensive prior postdoctoral work.

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) as well as 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.

Additional Opportunities

Additional opportunities may be available with specific projects or PIs at KIPAC. Applicants to our Fellowship Program will be considered for all available KIPAC opportunities. 

External Fellowships

We are happy to support applications for external Fellowships resident at KIPAC, and are proud to have supported several such fellows in the past. Interested prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact a KIPAC faculty member with overlapping research interests about their application.

NASA Hubble Fellowships

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships

Jansky Fellowships

If you have already received an offer from KIPAC, please take a look at our information for new KIPAC members. We look forward to welcoming you to our KIPAC community.