Research Post-doc - Physics

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073612
Job Title Research Post-doc - Physics
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by the department/Chair.

Job Type Full-time
Rank Research Faculty
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Gravitational Wave Group in the Physics Department at Syracuse University is seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position with a start date of March 1, 2018. The successful candidate will work with Professor Duncan Brown in the Department of Physics at Syracuse University and collaborate significantly with faculty members Stefan Ballmer, Ryan Fisher, and Peter Saulson. There will also be significant opportunities to collaborate with researchers in our strong and dynamic program as well as additional collaborators at SU.
We are particularly interested in candidates who will work on the astronomy and astrophysics of compact-object binary mergers.


Required qualification for consideration is a PhD in Physics or a related field.

Job Specific Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess a PhD in Physics or a related field, with significant research in gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics.


The successful candidate’s research will be focused on development of search and parameter estimation techniques for gravitational waves using the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO), the interface between numerical relativity and gravitational-wave astronomy, and the physics of gravitational-wave sources.

Physical Requirements
Application Instructions

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics. The initial appointment will be for one year with extension to three years, contingent on funding and performance. The successful candidate may start as soon as March 1, 2018, although the actual start date is negotiable and a later start date aligned with the 2018/19 academic year is possible.

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group consists of faculty members Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown and Peter Saulson, research assistant professor Ryan Fisher, 1 postdoc and 12 graduate students. The group is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has a broad range of research interests in gravitational-wave astronomy including: detection of gravitational waves with Advanced LIGO, astrophysics of compact object binaries, detector characterization, and next-generation detector development. The Syracuse group has excellent computing and laboratory facilities. We are particularly interested in candidates who will work on the astronomy and astrophysics of compact-object binary mergers.

For full consideration qualified candidates must complete the online management application at (# 073612) and attach curriculum vitae, list of publications (attach to ‘Other document’), and contact information including email addresses of three references. The application must include a single document that contains the candidate’s statement of research interests and contributions to diversity (attach to ‘Writing Sample’). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For primary consideration, applicants should submit an application before January 15, 2018.

About Syracuse University

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Job Posting Date 11/21/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 01/15/2018
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Other Document
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

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