Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

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


The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill one or more Postdoctoral Scholar positions in multimessenger astrophysics with gravitational waves. The successful candidate will participate in the research program led by David Radice on the numerical and analytical modeling of compact binary mergers in general relativity. There will also be ample opportunity for collaboration with other faculty members at the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, which includes, among others, Abhay Ashtekar, Eugenio Bianchi, Chad Hanna, Sarah Shandera, and B.S. Sathyaprakash. These positions require a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field. Applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter, CV, and a statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. Applications received before December 1, 2018 will be given full consideration. The expected start date is September 1, 2019, although alternative 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 excellent possibility of re-funding.

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