Postdoctoral Scholar - High-Energy/Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Postdoctoral Scholar - High-Energy/Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

University Park, PA

Job posting number: #7099651

Posted: May 10, 2022

Job Description

CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.
CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.
If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with Dr. Jamie A. Kennea on the Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources and other topics in transient astrophysics, utilizing data from the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, and others.

The position will entail work on a variety of cutting-edge research topics, investigating key questions in transient astrophysics, including rapid localization and detection EM counterparts of Gravitational Wave sources (e.g. Kilonova from NS-NS mergers) during the upcoming O4 run starting late 2022, the search for X-ray and optical/UV counterparts of Fast Radio Bursts, and the detection and analysis of GRBs in X-ray and Optical/Ultra-violet utilizing taken with NASA’s Swift Satellite. The successful candidate will work on both the optimization of observing techniques, analysis of data, and publication of results.

Education and Experience: A Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. Previous experience with Swift data, or general X-ray, optical, and UV astronomy data analysis of transient sources is desirable, in addition to any experience in Gravitational Wave astronomy, GRB or FRB science. Experience with programming in Python or other scientific programming expertise is also desirable. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Penn State is the lead institution for the ACIS instrument on Chandra and for the X-ray Telescope on the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. The successful applicant will also have access to other Penn State facilities, including the Hobby-Eberly telescope. Penn State is also a lead institution in the detection of compact binary mergers with LIGO.

Additional Information: Applications must include a single PDF file containing a CV, publications list, and statement of research interests. In addition, please request three reference letters be sent to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a limited-term appointment, funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Federal Contractors Labor Law Poster

PA State Labor Law Poster

Penn State Covid-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirements

Penn State is committed to the health of our local and global communities. As a condition of employment, all employees are required to comply with COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements. Click on Penn State Covid-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirements to learn about the requirements as well as general COVID-19 information at Penn State.

Apply Now

Please mention to the employer that you saw this ad on DiversityWork.com

More Info

Job posting number:#7099651
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Online Job Advertising
United States
More jobs from this employer
Close menu