Postdoctoral Researcher - Time-Domain Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Penn State University
University Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position with Dr. V. Ashley Villar in the field of time-domain astrophysics, including the studies of multi-messenger astrophysics, exotic core-collapse supernovae, and machine learning methods for time series analysis. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required.

The position will entail work on a variety of cutting-edge research in time-domain astrophysics, including the development and implementation of machine learning, statistical and data-driven algorithms to study exotic transient phenomena. The successful candidate will lead and participate in studies of exotic extragalactic transients across the electromagnetic spectrum. Applicants with previous experience in ML or optical observations of transients are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have access to Penn State facilities, including the Roar HPC system and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. Penn State is additionally an active member institution of the Rubin Observatory and LIGO.

Applications must be submitted electronically 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 [email protected].

Applications received before February 1, 2022, will receive full consideration. This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal. The nominal starting date will be September 1, 2022, but an earlier or later start is negotiable.

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Members of groups which are traditionally underrepresented in astrophysics are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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