Assistant/Associate Research Professor - X ray Analysis of Transient Sources

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Penn State University
University Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Pennsylvania State University has an opening for an assistant or associate research professor with Prof. David Burrows and Prof. Abe Falcone. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required, with at least two years of postdoctoral experience. The position will entail 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. Title and 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. A strong programming background is also required, and experience with flight software is desirable. The successful applicant will be responsible for meeting software delivery dates but is encouraged to also undertake an independent research program. 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 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 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue 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: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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