The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences at South Carolina State University (SCSU) is accepting applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher to participate in its program in observational time domain astrophysics. The candidate must have a strong background in programming including experience with Python. They must be willing to work closely with both faculty and undergraduate students. Familiarity with large data sets is desired. A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or related field is required at the time of the appointment.
SCSU is a member of the Robotically Controlled Telescope Consortium (RCTC) and has privileged access to the 1.3 meter RCT at Kitt Peak. In addition to conducting their own research, the candidate is expected to collaborate with SCSU faculty and their partners at the University of the Virgin Islands and the RCTC to further enhance their automated observatories as part of ongoing and future time domain studies that include transient events as well as stellar and AGN variability on longer time scales.
The start date is on or near September 1, 2020. The position is expected to last two years with funding already in place. The initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment to a second year contingent on performance. A full state-employee health and benefits package is included.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with publications and a brief research statement summarizing previous research and programming experience as well as future plans. A list of three professional colleagues with contact information should also be provided, but no letters of reference at this time. Send inquires and information to Dr. Donald Walter, Professor of Physics, SCSU, firstname.lastname@example.org.