Postdoctoral Scholar - High-Energy/Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Postdoctoral Scholar - High-Energy/Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

University Park, PA

Job posting number: #7099651

Posted: May 10, 2022

Job Description

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with Dr. Jamie A. Kennea on the Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources and other topics in transient astrophysics, utilizing data from the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, and others.


The position will entail work on a variety of cutting-edge research topics, investigating key questions in transient astrophysics, including rapid localization and detection EM counterparts of Gravitational Wave sources (e.g. Kilonova from NS-NS mergers) during the upcoming O4 run starting late 2022, the search for X-ray and optical/UV counterparts of Fast Radio Bursts, and the detection and analysis of GRBs in X-ray and Optical/Ultra-violet utilizing taken with NASA’s Swift Satellite. The successful candidate will work on both the optimization of observing techniques, analysis of data, and publication of results.

Education and Experience: A Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. Previous experience with Swift data, or general X-ray, optical, and UV astronomy data analysis of transient sources is desirable, in addition to any experience in Gravitational Wave astronomy, GRB or FRB science. Experience with programming in Python or other scientific programming expertise is also desirable. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Penn State is the lead institution for the ACIS instrument on Chandra and for the X-ray Telescope on the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. The successful applicant will also have access to other Penn State facilities, including the Hobby-Eberly telescope. Penn State is also a lead institution in the detection of compact binary mergers with LIGO.


Additional Information: Applications must include a single PDF file containing a CV, publications list, and statement of research interests. In addition, please request three reference letters be sent to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a limited-term appointment, funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal.

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