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Postdoctoral position in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy and Astrophysics at Syracuse

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites application for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics, starting September 1, 2011 or possibly earlier. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance.

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group consists of faculty members Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown and Peter Saulson, senior scientist Peter Couvares, 1 postdoc and 7 graduate students. The group has a broad range of research interests in gravitational-wave astronomy including searches for compact binaries, unmodeled bursts and stochastic sources, as well as detector characterization and next-generation detector development. The Syracuse group has excellent computing and laboratory facilities and operates a 320 CPU core Intel Xeon cluster for gravitational wave data analysis and source modeling. The group has recently received NSF funding to upgrade this to a 2000-core computing cluster.

The successful candidate’s research will be focused on development of search and parameter estimation techniques for gravitational waves using the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO), the interface between numerical relativity and gravitational-wave astronomy and the physics of gravitational-wave sources.

For full consideration qualified candidates must complete an online management application at www.sujobopps.com (job #027055) and attach their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Duncan Brown at <dabrown[at]physics.syr.edu> or via regular mail to:

Prof. Duncan Brown,
Department of Physics,
Syracuse University,
Syracuse, NY 13244, USA

Application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2010 for full consideration, but the screening process will continue until the position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.