Research Associate - X ray Analysis of Transient Sources

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Penn State University
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a research associate with Prof. David Burrows. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The position will entail analysis of archival X-ray data and development of algorithms to identify transient phenomena, and the implementation of these algorithms in software for execution on board the ESA Athena X-ray astronomy mission. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Previous experience with X-ray astronomy data analysis of transient and highly variable objects using data from Swift, Chandra or XMM is required. Penn State is the lead institution for the ACIS instrument on Chandra and for the X-ray Telescope on the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer. The successful applicant will also have access to other Penn State facilities, including the Hobby-Eberly telescope. Applications must be submitted electronically at and include a single PDF file containing a CV, publications list, and statement of research interests. In addition, please request three reference letters be sent to Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 1, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal.

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Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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