Postdoctoral Scholar

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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Eberly College of Science


The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill one or more post-doctoral scholar positions in the theoretical aspects of gravitational physics. The successful candidate will participate in the research programs led by Professors Abhay Ashtekar, Eugenio Bianchi and B. Sathyaprakash. On the classical side, emphasis will be on black hole mergers, the geometry of dynamical horizons and how it approaches the Kerr final state, and possible signatures of this strong field process in the gravitational waves emitted during the merger. On the quantum side, they include the exploration of how dynamical horizons evaporate, relation between multipole moments of dynamical horizons and quantum states residing within them, the role of singularity resolution and infrared modes in restoring the purity of the outgoing state. Successful candidates will be encouraged to interact with all members of the fundamental theory and gravitational wave groups in IGC. During the current academic year, the Institute has 18 post-docs (including Drs. Emanuele Alesci, Sina Bahrami, Sydney Chamberlin, Pietro Dona, Anuradha Gupta, Duncan Meacher and Javier Olmedo in gravitational science). For further information on the Institute, see A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is required, with a research record showing a strong background in general relativity, and classical and/or quantum aspects of black holes. While the primary responsibility of the successful candidate(s) will be to carry out research, we also expect them to interact strongly with the other researchers in the gravity and cosmology group at Penn State. There may be opportunities to teach one course during the appointment. The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos offers significant additional resources for research expenses to exceptional candidates. They can be used for academic travel, computers, software, books, etc, entirely at the post-doctoral scholar`s discretion. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV and statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to Randi Neshteruk at indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.

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