Postdoctoral Fellow in Observational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of South Carolina
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
712 Main St., Jones 404
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow starting in Summer or Fall 2019.  This is a 1-year appointment, with possible extension for 2 additional years, contingent on performance and availability of funds.  

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Steven Rodney on research projects related to gravitationally lensed transients, supernova cosmology, and/or high-redshift supernovae.  The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to engage on a range of projects related to current and future space telescope missions. This includes Hubble Space Telescope surveys such as the Frontier Fields, RELICS (, and BUFFALO (, as well as related projects using the James Webb Space Telescope.  This position is funded in part by NASA subcontracts for the WFIRST Science Investigation Team on Supernova Cosmology, and the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to contribute to preparatory science and studies related to the development of the WFIRST supernova mission.   

Dr. Rodney is also actively engaged in education projects at the undergraduate and graduate level, including initiatives to develop peer-led team learning and inquiry-based learning programs for introductory astronomy.  The successful candidate will have opportunities for professional development related to education and learning and may contribute to educational content development (e.g., astronomy lab activities).  Applicants who are interested in this professional development are invited to discuss this in the statement of research interests, although this is not required.  Applications that focus entirely on research will be given equal consideration with those that also discuss professional development in education. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy by the start of employment.  Python programming and research experience in the astrophysics topics above are both desirable.  Applicants are requested to submit a CV, list of publications, and statement of research interests through the USC jobs portal:   Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference uploaded to that site.  Complete applications with all letters received by January 1, 2019, will receive full consideration.  The content and length of these application materials should follow the AAS guidelines:

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. USC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Included Benefits: 

Health insurance, retirement, sick leave.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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