Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Pennsylvania State University has an opening for a post-doctoral scholar to work with Dr. Jamie A. Kennea on the search for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources detected by the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The position will entail work on the development of optimized observing strategies and data analysis techniques for detected EM counterparts in X-ray and Optical/Ultra-violet data taken with NASA’s Swift Satellite. The successful application would be expected to work closely with the Swift team on detection of EM counterparts during LIGO O3 run and beyond, and in addition may take a role in Swift Science Operations also. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Previous experience with Swift data, or general X-ray and UV astronomy data analysis of transient sources is desirable; in addition any experience in Gravitational Wave astronomy would also be desirable. Penn State is the lead institution for the ACIS instrument on Chandra and for the X-ray Telescope on the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer. The successful applicant will also have access to other Penn State facilities, including the Hobby-Eberly telescope. Penn State is also a lead institution in the detection of compact binary mergers with LIGO. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a single PDF file containing a CV, publications list, and statement of research interests. In addition, please request three reference letters be sent to Applications will be reviewed beginning on August 1, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal.

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088