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Deadline: 2019-02-01
Location: Rolla, MO, USA

Postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

The Missouri University of Science and Technology anticipates having one or more postdoctoral positions in the areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics. The position(s) are for one year, renewable for up to three years contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance. The applicant must have (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in physics or related fields and show a strong track record in gravitational-wave data analysis and instrumentation, experimental gravitational-wave science, and/or multi-messenger astrophysics.

The new astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and is active in various areas of experimental and theoretical gravity, astrophysics and cosmology. Current faculty members in the group include Professor Marco Cavaglia and Assistant Professor Shun Saito, as well as several graduate students. The postdoctoral scholar(s) funded by this position will work in close collaboration with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, as well as partner astrophysics collaborations. The successful applicant is expected to engage in a collaborative research program in the above areas, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to the educational and outreach activities of the group. Depending on the research program and interests of the applicant, these activities may be carried out by residing full-time at one of the LIGO sites in Livingston, LA or Hanford, WA.

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities with 99 degree programs in 40 areas of study such as computer science, business, engineering, humanities, and liberal arts. It is located about 100 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, in the multicultural community of Rolla, surrounded by Ozarks scenery. The physics department has recently opened a new research area with emphasis in gravitational physics, astrophysics and cosmology, which is expected to grow substantially in the next few years.

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and a statement of research interests should be sent in pdf format to Marco Cavaglia “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”. Please use the subject “Gravitational physics and astrophysics post-doc application.” Applicants must also arrange to have at least three recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address. Please direct questions about the position to “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”.

Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established, or until the position(s) are filled. The astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from under-represented groups in physics are particularly encouraged. The astrophysics group will strive to meet the needs of dual-career couples.


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