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Postdoctoral positions at Penn State

Nov 07, 2023

The PAX Group at the Penn State has two postdoctoral positions in the general area of gravitational-wave data analysis and science. For details and to apply online visit the Penn State careers page. The postdoctoral positions are funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. They are focused on harnessing gravitational-wave data from LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), Virgo and KAGRA observatories to address problems in fundamental physics, cosmology and astrophysics. Applications by December 1 2023.

The postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to work on one or more of several topics of interest to the PAX group, but we also look forward to new skills and expertise that postdoctoral fellows bring to Penn State. These include, but not limited to, analytical modelling of waveforms from binary neutron star and black hole mergers and exploiting gravitational waves to infer the dense matter equation of state, measure cosmological parameters, understand the effect of dark matter in neutron star cores, and explore formation channels of compact binary systems. The postdoctoral scholars will also work on the science metrics for evaluating the performance of the next generation of gravitational wave observatories, such as the Cosmic Explorer and Einstein Telescope, for different design choices.

Please submit a CV, a publication list, a statement of research interest, and three letters of reference (ask your referees to send the letters directly to bss25(at) Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications before December 15, 2023, to ensure full consideration. Early reviews of applications will begin by December 1, any candidate who can apply by this earlier date is encouraged to do so. Interviews will be held in the first two weeks of January 2024. Any questions can be addressed to bss25(at)

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