Location: Bozeman, Montana, USA
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the eXtreme Gravity Institute
The eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position (starting in 2017) with a focus on extreme gravity.
The eXtreme Gravity Institute is composed of faculty members Nicolas Yunes, Neil Cornish, Bennett Link and Sachiko Tsuruta, plus a new faculty hire in (extreme gravity) observational astronomy that will start in 2017. The Institute mentors a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 25), hosts international workshops and will soon host summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.
The successful applicant will work closely with faculty member Nico Yunes on theoretical physics topics related to extreme gravity, such as neutron stars, black holes, compact binary systems, gravitational waves, and experimental tests of General Relativity. These topics can range from purely theoretical work (like gravitational wave theory or modified gravity theory) to a combination of theory and data-analysis (like Bayesian model selection), associated with a set of extreme gravity instruments, such as advanced LIGO, evolved LISA, pulsar timing arrays, binary pulsar radio-telescopes, the NICER X-ray telescope or the Fermi and Swift gamma-ray telescopes.
The successful candidate will possess a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in theoretical and computational work. In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research experience/creativity, breadth and depth of knowledge in extreme gravity, high productivity and high quality publications, and mastery of written and oral communication. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.
Interested candidates will submit an application at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/6508, which must include a resume/CV, a list of publications, a list of presentations, a research statement (3-page limit, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font), and contact information for three references. After submission of an application, our system will contact all references to request (confidential) letters of recommendation. The deadline for submission of an application is December 1st 2016. For more information, please refer to the job link or email Prof. NIco Yunes (nyunes[AT]physics.montana.edu).