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Posting Number: 2021855F
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Black Hole Astrophysics
Position Type: Faculty
Location: Villanova, PA
Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule: full-time/12-months
The Department of Physics at Villanova University invites applications for up
to two postdoctoral positions in black hole accretion and high-energy
astrophysics with Prof. Joey Neilsen. Successful candidates will work on
topics broadly related to X-ray spectral variability of accreting black holes,
with one position to focus on stellar mass black holes and one to focus on
supermassive black holes, especially Event Horizon Telescope targets like M87
and Sgr A. Projects will draw on new and archival observations from Chandra,
NuSTAR, and NICER; experience with X-ray observations is desirable but
applicants with theoretical expertise are also encouraged to apply.
The Villanova Physics Department is dedicated to excellence in teaching and
research, and we recognize the importance of involving our undergraduates in
cutting-edge research. We are particularly interested in candidates who can
contribute in such an atmosphere. Successful candidates will take advantage of
opportunities to mentor students in research and in career development.
Postdoctoral researchers in the Physics Department also have the opportunity
to gain paid teaching experience in college classrooms. The positions are
planned for two years, with a possible extension for a third year contingent
on the availability of funding.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order.
Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral
component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand,
respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Analyze/simulate and interpret spectral variability of accreting black holes.
Help supervise and mentor students working on related topics. Teach physics,
PhD (or imminent defense) in Astrophysics or related field
Strong interest and expertise in high-energy astrophysics, particularly the
analysis or interpretation of X-ray data
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
Special Message to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on 11/6 and will continue until the
positions are filled. Applications should be submitted to jobs.villanova.edu
with a cover letter, a 3-page statement of research interests, and a CV with
publication list. Three letters of reference should also be uploaded to the
same site; applications must include contact information for 3 references who
will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation
when the application is submitted. Start dates are flexible, but candidates
interested in M87/Sgr A who are open to starting in early 2022 are
especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please feel free to
email Joey Neilsen at email@example.com.
Posting Date: 10/06/2021
Closing Date (11:59pm ET):
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Job Classification: faculty
Minimum Number of References Needed 3
Maximum Number of References Needed 3
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