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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18061
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Nicolas Yunes
nyunes@physics.montana.edu

Classification Title
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Brief Position Overview

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in extreme gravity with a focus on gravitational waves, black holes and neutron stars.

The eXtreme Gravity Institute is composed of faculty members Nicolas Yunes, Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, Sachiko Tsuruta and David Nidever. The Institute mentors a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 30), hosts international workshops and will soon host summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

Position Number 4C9975
Department Physics
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in extreme gravity with a focus on gravitational waves, black holes and neutron stars.

The eXtreme Gravity Institute is composed of faculty members Nicolas Yunes, Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, Sachiko Tsuruta and David Nidever. The Institute mentors a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 30), hosts international workshops and will soon host summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with faculty member Nicolas Yunes on extreme gravity studies that could range from the analytical or numerical modeling of neutron stars, black holes and compact binary systems, the development of experimental tests of General Relativity with compact objects or with compact binaries, and Bayesian parameter estimation and model hypothesis testing studies. This work must be overall related to an extreme gravity instrument, such as (but not limited to) advanced LIGO or one of its partners, LISA, pulsar radio-telescopes, the NICER X-ray telescope or the Fermi and Swift gamma-ray telescopes.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated experience in research and problem solving.
  2. Breadth in extreme gravity knowledge.
  3. Demonstrated experience in computational work (Mathematica, Maple, programming).
  4. High research productivity.
The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will work closely with faculty member Nico Yunes on theoretical physics topics related to extreme gravity, such as neutron stars, black holes, compact binary systems, gravitational waves, and experimental tests of General Relativity. These topics can range from more theoretical work (like gravitational wave theory or modified gravity theory) to more data-analysis oriented work (like Bayesian parameter estimation and data analysis) associated with an extreme gravity instrument, such as advanced LIGO and its partners, LISA, binary pulsar radio-telescopes, the NICER X-ray telescope or the Fermi and Swift gamma-ray telescopes.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in theoretical and computational work. In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research creativity, knowledge of extreme gravity, high productivity, and demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on January 1, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. List of Publications
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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