Postdoc in Time-Domain/Multi-messenger astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
University of the Virgin Islands
Department Name: 
College of Science and Mathematics
Street Line 1: 
#2 Brewers Bay rd.
St. Thomas
Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Chemical and Physical Science at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI, St. Thomas Campus) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in time-domain multi-messenger astronomy.
The successful candidate will work on the search for fast transients, including Long and Short Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs), Fast Radio Bursts and Gravitational Wave (GW) electromagnetic counterparts in Prof. Cucchiara's group; specifically in the context of Big Datasets and Machine Learning (ML) supervised and un-supervised classification.

The UVI Physics Group has access to several optical/NIR robotic and semi-robotic facilities, including the Virgin Island Robotic Telescope, the Las Cumbres Observatory, the Automatic Spectroscopic telescope, and the Gemini Observatory.
Also, as part of the Deeper, Wider, Faster program (DWF, PI Cooke), the successful candidate will be able to work on establishing the framework for a real-time ML discovery and classification scheme using fast transient optical light curves acquired with the CTIO Dark Energy Camera (DECam) and Subaru Hyper-SuprimeCam and incorporate that information with simultaneous and follow up imaging and spectroscopy from ~40 other DWF facilities in the Radio through Gamma-ray energy range (including Parkes radio telescope, Keck, SALT, AAT, SkyMapper, Swift, and Fermi mission).
This novel approach (matching short time-scale cadences and simultaneous multiband data) will give the successful candidate the opportunity to interact with DWF scientists and graduate and undergraduate students at both UVI and Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

The UVI Physics program has been expanding for the past 3 years, with the hiring of two new junior faculty and two postdocs, including a CubeSat engineer, for the development of the UVI BurstCube (PI Cucchiara, Morris) to identify Gamma-ray counterparts of GW emitters. Therefore, the successful candidate will (a) take advantage of large multi-wavelength, multi-timescale datasets, (b) be involved in the coordination and data acquisition of future observing runs, (c) have the opportunity to mentor students in their research and career development, and (d) gain teaching experience if desired.
This is a 12 month position with funding for two years, with a possible extension for a third year contingent on adequate performance.


Included Benefits: 

The University of the Virgin Islands is a Historically Black publicly supported land-grant institution. UVI is seeking faculty who will ensure high academic standards in a nurturing and learner-centered environment in keeping with our HBCU status through scholarly research and teaching excellence. Appointees must be able to work productively with colleagues and students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and contribute to the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADAaccommodation for the purposes of employment should contact the Human Resources Office at (340)693-1410.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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