Job Opportunities

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago would like to invite applications for the KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program. Scientists receiving a PhD in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, or related fields between May 2020 and September 2024 are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will conduct original research in experimental, observational, numerical, or theoretical cosmological physics, broadly defined. KICP Fellows are appointed to renewable one-year terms, for up to three years. Our positions carry a salary and benefits package comparable to other prize fellowships.

KICP Fellows are an integral part of the KICP community. The KICP is an interdisciplinary environment that brings together physicists and astronomers who range from experimentalists to observers, simulators, and theorists, to stimulate new ideas and push the forefront of cosmological research. Current topics of research in the institute include: the inflationary era; dark energy; dark matter; experimental and theoretical studies of the CMB; analysis of cosmological data including CMB, large-scale structure surveys (especially the Dark Energy Survey), and type Ia supernova; gravitational lensing and gravitational-wave studies; observational cosmology; experimental and theoretical particle astrophysics; near-field cosmology, and direct and indirect detection of dark matter. The KICP has an active program of visitors, symposia, and meetings as well as Education and Outreach opportunities. Diversity and Inclusion are core values of the KICP, and all members of the KICP are expected to adhere to our Community Values. Information about the KICP can be found at the KICP website.
To apply for a KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, please complete the online Application form. Requested information includes email contact information for 3 references who can independently write a letter of support for the applicant. Supplemental materials (Cover Letter; Curriculum Vitae; Research Statement; List of Publications) should be submitted as PDF files on the application form (each up to 10MB).

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The positions will remain open until filled; however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application by October 31, 2023 and ensure that 3 letters of recommendation are received by November 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2023. The positions are expected to begin in the Fall of 2024.
We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University's Statements on Diversity are at

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In addition to the KICP fellowship, there are many other fellowship opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to work with KICP members and spend part or all of their time in KICP. These opportunities arise through the connections and overlap between KICP and departments and other institutes at UChicago, through the deep connections between KICP and Fermilab or Argonne, or through national or international fellowship programs through various agencies. These include: