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Research Professor (non-tenure track)

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a research associate position. Successful applicants will work with Prof. Fabienne Bastien on stellar photometric variability, stellar magnetic activity, exoplanet detection and characterization, and/or the analysis of ground and space-based stellar light curves.

The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following qualifications:

  • expertise in performing high precision space-based photometry, especially as applicable to the TESS mission,
  • experience in improving the precision of space-based light curves, such as those obtained from the re-purposed Kepler mission,
  • a desire to work with and assist in advising graduate and undergraduate students, and
  • a background in observational stellar astrophysics and/or exoplanet detection or characterization.

In addition to working with Prof. Bastien, the successful applicant will be expected to pursue independent research and will have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant scientific and public outreach efforts of the department. The successful applicant will have access to a variety of resources and collaborations available at Penn State, including but not limited to the 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the Center for Astrostatistics, and the Institute for CyberScience. More information about available resources may be found on the CEHW and Department of Astronomy websites.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field prior to the start date. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/75068 and include a cover letter, statement of research interests, a CV, and a list of publications. Applicants must also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed to fxb21@psu.edu. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to astro-jobs@psu.edu. Please reference job 75068 in the e-mail subject line. The position start date is flexible, but a fall 2018 start is preferred. This is a fixed term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of refunding. Applications received by January 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Active Galaxies

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position working with Prof. W.N. Brandt and collaborators. The successful applicant will conduct observational studies of active galaxies using data from Chandra, XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Swift, SDSS, wide-field photometric surveys, and other forefront facilities. A particular focus of the research will be on X-ray studies of high-redshift quasars.

Research duties will involve the analysis of active galaxy imaging/spectral/variability data, the publication of scientific results, and the planning/implementation of new observing programs. A Ph.D. is required, and experience with active galaxy research and X-ray astronomy would be an advantage. Information about the Department can be found at astro.psu.edu. Penn State has a significant community of active galaxy researchers. It also has strong connections to Chandra, Swift, SDSS, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and LSST.

Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/73852 and include a CV, publications list, one-page statement of research interests, and two professional reference letters. Reference letters should be sent to wnbrandt@gmail.com. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

Postdoctoral Researcher - X-ray & Gamma-ray Astrophysics Research

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. Abe Falcone.  A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The position will entail analysis of archival and new X-ray and gamma-ray data from a range of source classes (e.g. blazars, gamma-ray bursts, binary systems, transients, unidentified astroparticle accelerators, etc.), and the position could also include X-ray astrophysics instrumentation work for the right candidate.  The candidate will be expected to develop algorithms for these analysis efforts on existing data (a wealth of data are available from Swift, Chandra, XMM, Fermi, VERITAS, and other instruments), and the candidate will have the opportunity to acquire and plan new observation campaigns and related research efforts. The publication of research results will be expected.  Salary will be commensurate with experience. Previous experience with X-ray and/or gamma-ray astronomy data analysis of variable objects using data from Swift, Chandra, Fermi, and/or XMM is highly desired. Penn State is the lead institution for the ACIS instrument on Chandra and for the X-ray Telescope on the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer. The successful applicant will also have the potential for access to other facilities, including the Hobby-Eberly telescope and the VERITAS gamma-ray telescope array.

Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/73265 and 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 adf15@psu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, beginning on August 9, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.