JPAS postdoctoral researcher position at IAG (USP)



JPAS postdoctoral researcher position at IAG (USP)


The JPAS project is a Brazilian-Spanish astrophysical project planned to survey 8000 square degrees of the sky in 56 optical bands and expected to observe
millions of galaxies, quasars, variable stars and asteroids.


To make sense of the huge amount of data that will be gathered, an interdisciplinary team effort is needed. We have opened a two-year (renewable) post-doctoral research position in data science, to work on R&D related to the analysis of these data. Specifically, the aim is to develop and validate new computing methodologies to facilitate processing and analysis of these data. A Post-Doctoral fellowship is available from FAPESP for this position.


The successful candidate will actively participate in R&D and also in team activities such as organization of seminars, short courses, study group meetings and co-supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. As the work is in the context of a large international program, the postdoc fellow will have opportunities to travel a few times a year to interact with the European part of the team. All these activities are related to two Research Support Centers (NAP LabCosmos and NAP e-Science, see below) of University of São Paulo.


Required qualifications / skills

  • PhD degree with strong background in computation (PhD in Computer Science or related fields or proven ability to design and implement computer algorithms/ systems);
  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: signal/image processing, image analysis, pattern recognition/analysis, machine learning, multivariate data analysis;
  • Oral and written communication skills (English).


Additional qualifications/skills

  • Statistics;
  • Astrophysics;
  • Proven ability to design data analysis experiments and evaluate their results;
  • Programming skills;
  • Application procedure and schedule.


Application deadline: May 20, 2014


Required documents:

  • CV;
  • summary of the doctoral thesis and other relevant works;
  • a letter describing personal goals and objectives;
  • two letters of recommendation.


The selected candidate will receive a fellowship from FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) corresponding to R$67K/year Brazilian real (which is approx $30.5K/year US Dollar) plus R$9K/year for travel and hardware expenses (approx $4.1K/year US Dollar).


Please email applications and inquiries to Nina Hirata: /
Subject: NAP/USP Postdoc application