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Deadline: 2013-03-15
Location: Morgantown, WV, USA

Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at West Virginia University

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in theoretical gravitational wave astronomy, broadly defined. The candidate would work primarily with Prof. Sean McWilliams on a number of possible research topics, including gravitational wave source modeling, numerical relativity, and data analysis, with particular applications to the science goals of pulsar timing arrays, particularly NANOGrav, as well as the current and near-future generation of ground-based interferometric detectors, particularly Advanced LIGO. A Ph. D. in Physics or a related field is required, with research expertise in one or more of the areas listed above. The preferred start date for the position is September 1, 2013, with an initial appointment of one year and possible renewal for up to two additional years contingent on performance and available funding. If interested, please email your CV and a brief statement of research experience and interests and arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to stmcwill[AT]princeton.edu. Review of applications will begin March 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

WVU is a major center for gravitational wave astronomy, with a pulsar timing program led by Profs. Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin, and is a few hours drive from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Green Bank Telescope, where most of NANOGrav’s observations are conducted. The WVU Physics Department (http://physics.wvu.edu/) conducts approximately $5 million annually in externally sponsored research, with major research activities in the areas of astronomy/astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and plasma physics. WVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.


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