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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.

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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 SDSS, wide-field photometric surveys, Chandra, XMM-Newton, and other forefront facilities. A particular focus of the research will be a large-scale SDSS spectroscopic investigation of multi-year quasar wind variability as probed via broad absorption lines.

Research duties will involve the analysis of active galaxy 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, quasar winds, and/or the SDSS 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 SDSS, Chandra, Swift, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and LSST.

Applications must be submitted electronically at psu.jobs/job/72330 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. The starting date has flexibility. 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 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.