POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION, Astrophysics: Accretion and Jets

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
New York University Abu Dhabi
Department Name: 
Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics (CAP3)
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P.O Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
Abu Zaby
United Arab Emirates
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Astrophysics: Accretion and Jets
Dave Russell
NYU Abu Dhabi

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrophysics, in the Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics (CAP3). The position is offered for a period of 3 years (1 year with an additional 2 years depending on performance). Competitive salary and benefits, including relocation, housing, home visits and educational subsidies for children, are offered.

The current postdoctoral position is with Principal Investigator (PI) Associate Professor Dave Russell in the area of accretion onto compact objects. Stellar-mass black holes residing in X-ray binaries (XBs) produce the most powerful jets in our galaxy via accretion from an orbiting companion star. Studies of XBs are now revealing how jets evolve with mass accretion rate and the mode of accretion, providing insights into the conditions required to launch jets. The main objective of the research program of the PI is to uncover the nature of relativistic jets and understand the connections between accretion and ejection. The processes involved in triggering outbursts, using optical monitoring and the real-time pipeline X-ray Binary New Early Warning System (XB-NEWS) developed at NYUAD, and comparisons to AGN and other compact objects, are also studied. A host of techniques and approaches will be employed, in particular using a wealth of multi-wavelength data of transient XBs (photometry, spectra and polarimetry), interactions between jets and the interstellar medium and data from other accreting objects such as AGN, CVs and gamma-ray bursts. Funds are available for travel to conferences, collaborations or observing trips.

Candidates with interest and experience in the study of accreting black holes or neutron stars, and candidates with experience in multi-wavelength data analysis, coding pipelines for optical imaging / photometric data analysis, and spectral modelling, are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be encouraged to develop independent projects in addition to supporting the research of the PI. Candidates must hold, or be in the process of completing, a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics or a related subject and have demonstrated a strong research background. The Physics group at NYUAD currently has 10 faculty members and 20+ postdocs and research associates; most are members of the Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics. The group shares close links with staff at NYU in New York.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references in PDF format to be considered, to: Applications submitted by 15th May 2021 will be given full consideration; the position will remain open until filled.

Please visit our website at for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions please contact

About NYUAD:
New York University has established itself as a Global Network University. The network has three foundational degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, complemented by a network of eleven research and study-away sites across five continents. Our students are drawn from around the world and surpass all traditional recruitment benchmarks, both US and global. Our goal is to develop a cohort of international students attuned to and educated for an inclusive global society. Students and Faculty will circulate within the global network in pursuit of common research interests and the promotion of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary solutions for problems both local and global.

Entering its seventh year, NYU Abu Dhabi has recruited a cohort of faculty who are distinguished in their research and teaching. NYU Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts enterprise is complemented by an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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