The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in pulsar astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU). The successful applicant would join the WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology, a rapidly growing research group currently consisting of nine faculty members, five postdocts and roughly 20 graduate students. Applicants with expertise in observational pulsar astronomy are encouraged to apply. A PhD in Astronomy, Physics or a related discipline is required. The applicant will work with Drs. Lorimer and McLaughlin, and other group members, on projects involving pulsar timing and characterization, the effects of the interstellar medium, gravitational wave detection using pulsars, and ideally independent research projects in areas that will broaden the impact of the Center. The applicant will also work closely with the NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) collaboration.
WVU is a comprehensive land-grant university with roughly 30,000 students. WVU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Research-Very High Activity Institution. The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://physics.wvu.edu) consists of 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty, two teaching assistant professors, 15 research faculty and postdoctoral researchers, roughly 70 Ph.D. graduate students, and approximately 80 undergraduate physics majors. The largest research areas are condensed matter physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, and physics education. WVU is located roughly 130 miles from the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV; many astrophysics research and outreach programs make use of the facilities in Green Bank.
For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as part of the application process. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Maura McLaughlin, 304-293-4812, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The screening process will begin on March 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University community of Morgantown offers plentiful educational opportunities as well as recreational outlets, is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, and is about 200 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. WVURC is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.