Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Gravitational Physics at the University of Virginia, USA

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Deadline:  2019-12-01

Location:  Charlottesville, VA, USA

The gravity group in the Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral research-associate position in gravitational physics.

The successful applicant will work with Assistant Professor David Nichols and other members of the gravity group (Assistant Professor Kent Yagi, Research Associate Alex Saffer, and several graduate and undergraduate students). There will also be the opportunity to work with other members of the Department of Physics, the Department of Astronomy, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) with whom the gravity group collaborates. Research associates have access to the Rivanna cluster, the high-performance-computing system housed at the University of Virginia, which has 8000 cores.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field by the beginning of the appointment. It would be beneficial for candidates to have significant research experience in some aspect of gravitational physics (such as analytical or numerical relativity, gravitational-wave data analysis, multi-messenger astrophysics, or cosmology), which would be demonstrated, for example, by papers published and talks delivered on these subjects.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a one-page cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and experience (at most three pages), and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Please submit these attachments as PDF files and format them using at least 11pt font and 1-inch margins. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is flexible, but the anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact David Nichols, Assistant Professor, at david[dot]nichols{at}virginia[dot]edu.

For questions about the application, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j{at}

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