Job Opportunities

Faculty Position in Astrophysics

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a new faculty member in astrophysics. This tenure-stream position will be at the Assistant Professor level, starting on or after September 1, 2016, subject to budgetary approval.

We are seeking candidates who will complement current research strengths in astrophysical surveys, theoretical cosmology, and extragalactic astronomy. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong physics backgrounds and expertise in survey astronomy, but we will consider all candidates that can build on current areas of research. The department is an associate member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation and is a participant in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument projects. In addition to research accomplishments and future promise, candidates must show potential for a high degree of teaching effectiveness at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 15, 2015. However, applicants will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants can apply online at: https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTIz. Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, research statement, publication list, teaching statement and at least three letters of reference. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio's Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system. University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academic are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Postdoctoral research positions in theoretical high energy physics PITT PACC

University of Pittsburgh

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The theoretical high energy physics group at the PITT PACC, University of Pittsburgh invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions working on physics beyond the Standard Model and particle physics phenomenology starting in the Fall of 2016. The group includes faculty members Brian Batell, Ayres Freitas, Tao Han, and Adam Leibovich, as well as several postdocs and graduate students. For more information please visit the PITT-PACC webpage http://www.physicsandastronomy.pitt.edu/pittpacc. Candidates must have a PhD degree in theoretical high energy physics by the summer of 2016. Applicants should submit a complete CV, research statement, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted at AcademicJobsOnline https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6494 . The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2015. University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Samuel P. Langley PITT PACC Postdoctoral Fellows

The Pittsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC, www.physicsandastronomy.pitt.edu/pittpacc) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for two named, senior postdoctoral research fellow positions in theoretical or experimental particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics as well as the interfaces among these disciplines, starting in the fall of 2016. At least one of the Langley Fellows this year will be in the area of theoretical astrophysics/cosmology. The appointments are initially for two years with the expectation of extension to a third year contingent upon performance. Generous salary and research funds will be provided to Langley Fellows. PITT PACC members conduct theoretical, experimental, and observational research in the above three broad areas. Applicants in any of these areas are encouraged to apply. In addition to performing independent scholarly research, Langley Fellows have the opportunity to organize PITT PACC academic activities, including hosting both short- and long-term visitors and organizing seminars, PITT PACC workshops, and conferences. Successful candidates must have a PhD degree and strong research credentials. Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, research statement of no more than three (3) pages, CV, and arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo) by 15 December, 2015 for full consideration, though we may continue to consider applications received after this date. Inquiries specific to the Langley Fellowship in the field of theoretical cosmology/astrophysics should be directed to Professor Andrew Zentner (zentner@pitt.edu). Inquiries specific to the Langley Fellowship in particle physics may be directed to PITT PACC Director, Professor Tao Han (than@pitt.edu). The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoc in Supernova Cosmology

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position starting in the Fall of 2016 in field of supernova cosmology to be based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Michael Wood-Vasey on supernovae and cosmology on ongoing and future surveys. In particular the postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to work on the data from the SweetSpot study of 120 Type Ia supernovae in the near infrared. The SweetSpot program is finishing data collection in 2015-2016 and will provide opportunities for key insights into supernova behavior in the near-infrared, anchoring future high-redshift surveys, and studying local bulk flows and convergence to the smooth cosmic expansion. The postdoc would also have the opportunity to participate in SDSS-IV and the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration. The successful applicant should have expertise in at least several of the following areas: photometry, spectroscopy, atmospheric calibration, supernovae, or cosmology. The job is contingent upon the completion of the requirements for a PhD. The appointment is intended to be for two years with the expectation of extension to a third year contingent upon performance. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the Academic Jobs Online posting. https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo Questions about this position should be addressed to Prof. Michael Wood-Vasey at wmwv@pitt.edu. University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.