Postdoctoral Scholars - Gravitational - Wave Physics

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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Eberly College of Science


The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking one or more postdoctoral scholars in gravitational-wave physics. The Penn State LIGO Scientific Collaboration group consists of faculty members Chad Hanna and B.S. Sathyaprakash, a computational scientist, two postdoctoral fellows, and two students. The successful applicants are expected to contribute significantly to reducing selection bias in real-time searches for compact binary mergers and to the real-time characterization of transient noise in LIGO detectors. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be expected to maintain an independent research program in one or more of the following research areas: detecting and characterizing merging neutron stars and black holes, exploiting gravitational wave observations to test strong field dynamics in general relativity and its alternatives, assessing astrophysical models of compact binaries, and measuring cosmological parameters. The successful candidates will be part of the LIGO scientific Collaboration and contribute to the analysis of LIGO and Virgo data and to the publication of search results. These positions require a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or a closely related field. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and CV. Applicants should arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are found. Candidates may be expected to start as soon as possible, though flexible start dates will also be considered. For more information, please visit This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding on a yearly basis.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088