The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University invites applications for one post-doctoral position broadly on supermassive black hole binaries to work in Dr Maria Charisi’s group.
Applicants with experience in observations or variability studies of quasars, big data and machine learning especially for time-domain astrophysics, as well as gravitational wave data analysis with PTAs/LISA are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates who can connect their previous research to the above topics are also encouraged to apply.
The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to join international collaborations (the NANOGrav, IPTA collaborations, the LSST AGN Collaboration and the LISA Consortium) and will benefit from extensive networking and mentoring opportunities. They will also have ample opportunities to develop independent research projects with the group or other members of the department and co-advise students (if they wish to).
The position comes with competitive salary, benefits, a generous travel package, and opportunities to spend extended research visits in Europe (at the University of Crete in Greece). The expected start date is in the Fall of 2024 (negotiable). The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of extension to a third year contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. WSU is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and highly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and other members of underrepresented groups.
Candidates must have a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related field by the time of the appointment. Applicants should send: (1) a cover letter (max 1 page), (2) a research statement (max 3 pages) and (3) a CV including publications to [email protected]. (4) They should also arrange for two (preferably three) recommendation letters to be sent directly to the same email address by the deadline. For more information, please contact Dr. Charisi directly at [email protected] Physics and Astronomy Department at Washington State University is composed of over 20 faculty and lecturers with an active and growing astronomy group. Our astronomy faculty perform cutting-edge research in stellar populations, transients, active galactic nuclei and gravitational waves (LIGO, LISA, PTAs). The astronomy group boasts a tight-knit and inclusive community and is committed to the professional development of its early-career members.
The position is based in Pullman in Whitman County, WA. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture and hosts an expanding high-tech industry. Pullman has a young population (with over 70% of its population at an age of <44yr) and was named the” Best City to raise a clild in WA” due to its safety, affordability and quality of schools. It is surrounded by immense natural beauty with excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Deadline: December 15 2023 (Applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled.)