Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Professor Chiara Mingarelli's research group at the University of Connecticut for up to two years with the potential to work at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) in the third year. The successful candidate will work closely with the group on research topics related to Pulsar Timing Arrays, including but not limited to nanhertz gravitational-wave (GW) astrophysics, data analysis, and interpreting cosmological simulations in terms of Pulsar Timing Array observables. This position includes a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities. The successful applicant will specifically describe how their work connects with Prof. Mingarelli's research, with Pulsar Timing Arrays, and the broader field of low-frequency GWs.
The growing UConn astrophysics group has a vibrant and collegial atmosphere with research on star formation and the interstellar medium, galaxy evolution, active galactic nuclei, and computational galaxy formation in addition to Pulsar Timing Array science, https://physics.uconn.edu/research/astrophysics. The successful candidate will also benefit from frequent interactions with colleagues at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA), and the potential to spend their third year in New York at the CCA as a Flatiron Research Fellow. A description of the CCA research groups and their members can be found at: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astrophysics/
Candidates are expected to have a Ph. D. in astrophysics or a closely related field by the start date.
The ideal candidate will have a solid research portfolio, strong coding and analysis skills, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics as well as an interest and/or experience in working with pulsar timing array data, cosmological simulations, supermassive black hole binaries, the final parsec problem, data analysis, and gravitational-wave astrophysics.
The desired start date is August 28, 2020 (with flexibility). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds. The third year, also contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds will be based at the CCA in New York City as a Flatiron Research Fellow.
Please apply online at www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, Search #2020188. Please submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, cover letter, and a max 3-page research statement (describing how your work connects with Pulsar Timing Array and the broader field of low-frequency GWs). Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Chiara Mingarelli (email@example.com ). Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Chiara Mingarelli. Evaluation of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020188)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 2, 2019.
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