Postdoctoral Scholar - Dark Matter Physics

Penn State University

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


The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos’ Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology is seeking to fill one or more Postdoctoral Scholar positions in dark matter physics. The successful candidate will work with Professors Sarah Shandera, Donghui Jeong, and Chad Hanna and will focus on theory, phenomenology, and/or observational signatures of dark matter. We are particularly interested in studying halo and compact object formation in dissipative dark matter models, and in gravitational wave signatures from compact objects in binary mergers. More information about the Departments and research groups can be found at (Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos), (Physics department), and at (Astronomy and Astrophysics department). A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding on a yearly basis for up to three years. The appointment will start in fall 2020. The exact starting date can be flexible. Applicants must submit the Penn State electronic application and upload a CV to the Penn State system. A statement of research interests and CV (including publication list) should be submitted to both PSU Jobs and Academic Jobs Online ( Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be submitted to AJO. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Applications received by December 9, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration. Questions can be directed to Dr. Sarah Shandera (, Dr. Donghui Jeong (, or Dr. Chad Hanna (

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