Postdoctoral Researcher in Time Domain Astrophysics: Black Holes and AGN

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Southern Methodist University
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a 2-year appointment in a postdoctoral research position in observational time-domain high energy astrophysics, to work in the group of Prof. Krista Lynne Smith.  The start date is flexible between May – December 2022.

The successful candidate will utilize the data from the TESS satellite for high energy applications, especially active galactic nuclei. The postdoctoral researcher will also have substantial freedom to choose their own research direction and projects within the framework of time domain astronomy, across the full electromagnetic spectrum. Professor Smith also works heavily in the field of radio imaging of AGN feedback and star formation in AGN host galaxies; cross-collaborations in this area are welcome, although the focus will be the TESS analyses.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or physics. Experience in observational time domain analysis, particularly the development of systematics mitigation software, is especially valuable, but not required.

The position is located on the beautiful and historic SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. The Physics Department has a historical reputation in particle physics, including many members of the CERN collaboration and in dark matter direct detection; the successful candidate is welcome to build new collaborations in this area. The astronomy group is new and growing, currently focused on black holes and cosmology. We seek an energetic researcher who is excited to be a part of the birth of this new group! Dr. Smith places significant value on the inclusivity and supportiveness of the research environment, and the happiness, health, and work/life balance of group members. Flexible hours and part-time working from home are fully acceptable.

To apply, provide a cover letter, a statement of research interests and experience (3 pages maximum), a CV with publication list, and the contact information for three professional references as a single PDF. Recommendation letters will be requested for primary candidates at a later time. All application materials should be sent to Professor Krista Lynne Smith, at [email protected]. Consideration of materials will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].



Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 10, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Krista Lynne Smith
Assistant Professor of Physics
Southern Methodist University
Department Name: