Postdoctoral positions in GW and EM astronomy at UWM

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Location:  Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A

The Center for Gravitation and Cosmology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites applications for up to five postdoctoral research positions. The initial appointments are for one year, with renewal for a second (and, in some cases, a third) year contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance.

The Center for Gravitation and Cosmology at UWM is one of the nation’s largest and most active research groups in gravity, cosmology, astronomy, and astrophysics with nine faculty members, Luis Anchordoqui, Patrick Brady, Jolien Creighton, Dawn Erb, John Friedman, David Kaplan, Leonard Parker, Xavier Siemens, and Alan Wiseman, senior scientist Scott Koranda, visiting professor Warren Anderson, and several postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The group also maintains a close relationship with the Albert Einstein Institutes in Hannover and Golm through Bruce Allen and Maria Alessandra Papa who hold Adjunct appointments at UWM and visit regularly. More information about the people and the research can be found at

The group performs research that spans most aspects of LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) gravitational-wave data analysis activities, including searches for binary neutron star and black hole inspirals, continuous waves from isolated neutron stars, development and support of Einstein@Home, bursts, and stochastic background. The group is also active in several grid computing collaborations including the Open Science Grid (OSG). The group is recruiting up to three postdoctoral research associates to work in these areas. Applicants with a backgrounds in gravitational-wave physics, theoretical relativity, numerical relativity, cosmology, high energy physics (theory and experiment), and other areas of astronomy are welcome to apply.

In addition, the CGC is recruiting up to two postdocs in the area of observational astronomy. The first position is for research in the area of evolution and characterization of high redshift galaxies under the supervision of Dawn Erb. Applicants should have a PhD in astrophysics and experience with optical and/or infrared spectra of galaxies. A second position is available to develop and conduct radio transient searches under the supervision of David Kaplan. Applicants should have a PhD in observational astronomy — experience in radio interferometry or multi-wavelength observations of transients is desirable. Kaplan is a member of the Murchison Widefield Array collaboration, the ASKAP VAST collaboration, and is developing other projects, with particular interest in compact objects. Erb and Kaplan also hold adjunct positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and there will be opportunities to collaborate there as well.

Applicants whose work overlaps any of the research interests of the group should send a C.V., publication list, and a brief statement of their research interests by email to cgcpd[AT] or by ordinary mail to

Ms. Kate Valerius, CGC Postdoc Search Committee
Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA
(Phone 414-229-4474 Fax: 414-229-5589.)

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to this address. Screening of applications will begin December 1st 2009 and will continue until all positions are filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity,
Affirmative Action Employer.