Postdoctoral Researcher in Time Domain High Energy Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Southern Methodist University
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Street Line 1: 
3215 Daniel Ave.
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in observational time-domain high energy astrophysics, to work in the group of Prof. Krista Lynne Smith. The appointment is for 2 years, with a third year contingent upon performance and available funding. The start date is flexible within Fall 2021.

The successful candidate will utilize the data from the TESS satellite for high energy astrophysical applications, especially active galactic nuclei or other accreting systems, often in tandem with observations from X-ray observatories. The postdoctoral researcher will also have substantial freedom to choose their own research direction and projects within the framework of time domain astronomy, across the full electromagnetic spectrum.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or physics. Experience in observational time domain analysis, particularly the development of systematics mitigation software, is especially valuable, but not required. The location of the position is Dallas, Texas; however, flexibility between in-person and remote work is anticipated if effects of the pandemic last into late 2021.

Dallas is a diverse and culturally vibrant city with a thriving artistic community. The Physics Department has a historical reputation in particle physics, including many members of the CERN collaboration and in dark matter direct detection; the successful candidate is welcome to build new collaborations in this area. The astronomy group is new and growing, currently focused on black holes and cosmology. We seek an energetic researcher who is excited to be a part of the birth of this new group! Dr. Smith places significant value on the inclusivity and supportiveness of the research environment, and the happiness, health, and work/life balance of group members.

To apply, provide a cover letter, a statement of research interests and experience (3 pages maximum) and a CV including a publication list as a single PDF, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly from your recommenders. All application materials should be sent to Professor Krista Lynne Smith, at Consideration of materials will begin on January 1, 2021 and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.


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Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Krista Lynne Smith
Assistant Professor of Physics
(972) 816-2030
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