Postdoctoral Associate in the Physics of Supernovae

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Virginia Tech
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Description:

The Department of Physics at Virginia Tech (VT) seeks to hire a postdoctoral associate to work with Dr Chris Ashall in the area of time-domain astronomy and supernova physics. The candidate will work on projects specializing on supernovae in their infant stages, as well as projects which focus on JWST and supernovae in the IR and MIR wavelengths. The candidate will also be encouraged to pursue their own line of research within the area of time domain astronomy.  The position is available for 2 years with an option for a further year depending on performance. 

Dr Chris Ashall is leading two proposals in JWST Cycle 1 (ID 2114 & 2122), and is Co-PI of the Precision Observation of Supernova Explosions project (the followup program to the Carnegie Supernova Project). Members of the group will have access to many international collaborations including the extended Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (ePESSTO+), and the Electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources at the Very Large Telescope (ENGRAVE). The candidate will also be encouraged to pursue research within any of the above research areas, as well as to pursue their own research lines within the area of time domain astronomy. Both observers and theorists will be considered for this position.

To apply for the position please submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a research statement to They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Chris Ashall at [email protected]

Required Qualifications:

- PhD in Physics, astronomy, or a related field.
- Experience with UV, optical, NIR observations, or radiation transport modeling.
- Highly motivated, independent, and have good communication skills.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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