Postdoctoral Position in Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 25, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Carnegie Mellon University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Street Line 1: 
5000 Forbes Avenue
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


A postdoctoral position in astrophysics is available at
 the McWilliams Center for Cosmology in the Physics Department of Carnegie Mellon University. Candidates with experience in gravitational wave follow-up, gravitational wave cosmology (with LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA, Cosmic Explorer, or LISA), transients, and/or galaxy surveys (such as DES, DESI, Rubin LSST) are all encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Antonella Palmese starting in 2023, with a flexible start date. This position supports 2 years of
 funding, with renewal for a third year likely, contingent upon satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and
 commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full
 benefits package. 

The position will be affiliated with CMU’s McWilliams Center for Cosmology (website The McWilliams Center synergizes research of the CMU’s Departments of Physics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, and Statistics, and enjoys close relationships with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Carnegie Mellon’s physics faculty hold leadership roles in multiple large sky surveys and consortia, including DES, DESI, HSC, LISA, Rubin LSST.   Theoretical and observational studies within the Center cover a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, including galaxy and structure formation, black holes and gravitational waves, stellar evolution, gravitational lensing, and dark matter (see list of center faculty here:  The McWilliams Center owns the Vera computing cluster at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which provides high-performance computing resources on a variety of scales and works closely with our scientists.

We seek excellence within a respectful, inclusive University context. Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  We are committed to increasing the diversity of our community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. CMU's Department of Physics especially welcomes applicants – including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others – who will enhance this diversity through their research, teaching and service.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or an adjacent field by the time of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Applications should be uploaded to Interfolio and must include a curriculum vitae, publication list, a statement of research interests.  In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded (a prompt will be sent automatically to the applicant’s references when their contact information is entered on Interfolio). For full consideration, all materials should be received by November 22, 2022.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Antonella Palmese at [email protected].

Included Benefits: 

The salary is competitive and
 commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full
 benefits package. 

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Antonella Palmese
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics