Northwestern University

Name: Adam Miller

LSSTC Catalyst Fellows will join the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University. Faculty in CIERA lead Rubin/LSST related research in several areas, including: the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources, understanding the host galaxies of fast radio bursts (FRBs), probing the origins of stellar explosions, dense stellar dynamics, the development of machine learning models for petabyte-scale data sets, galaxy structure and evolution, and the use of variable stars as probes of stellar evolution. As CIERA postdocs, Catalyst Fellows have access to a suite of telescopes (including Keck, MMT,  Las Cumbres Observatory, SEDMv2, and the LS4 time-domain survey) as well as exclusive access to two high-performance computer clusters with a total of 2,644 compute cores. As a LINCC member institution, Northwestern offers Catalyst Fellows four years of postdoctoral funding (one more than Catalyst Fellows at non-LINCC institutions). Catalyst Fellows at CIERA benefit from a diverse and dynamic intellectual environment (learn more about CIERA’s programs and activities). CIERA has a strong record in postdoc mentorship, and hosts an active community of postdoctoral researchers. K-12 education and public outreach are also key components of CIERA’s mission. 

Northwestern is a LINCC member institution, LSSTC Catalyst Fellows at Northwestern recieve an extra year of fellowship funding resulting in a 4 year fellowship appointment. Catalyst Fellows will have access to small, mid-and large-scale optical/IR ground-based telescope facilities (Keck, MMT, Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), SEDMv2, and LS4). Catalyst Fellows will have access to two dedicated high-performance computer clusters, as well as Northwestern’s Quest cluster. Catalyst Fellows will have an office within CIERA and access to quality training, professional development, and other resources offered through CIERA.


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