Applicants are invited to submit their application materials for an open postdoctoral research position with Prof. Jedidah Isler at Dartmouth College, focusing on observational and theoretical aspects of blazars and jetted AGN.
In addition to contributing significantly to the extant research program conducted in the Isler blazar group, the candidate is expected to outline an independent, but relevant research program that will use publicly available archives, data collected using Dartmouth’s institutional access to MDM Observatory in Arizona and SALT in Sutherland, South Africa and time allocated on spaceborne instruments to investigate the blazar zone in jetted AGNs. Computational and theoretical approaches to understanding blazar emissions are also welcomed and will compliment the ongoing observational work of the group.
The successful applicant for this position will be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a growing research group consisting of undergraduates and graduate students. Interest in and experience at mentoring students' research projects is preferred, as is a demonstrated commitment to maintaining inclusive and accessible research cultures. The successful applicant will benefit from a congenial work environment, significant institutional resources and inquisitive, capable students at all levels. Applicants from traditionally marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position, especially if any part of this announcement appeals to you.
Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in astronomy, astrophysics, computer science or closely related field. Experience in multiwavelength data collection and analysis using spaceborne telescopes (e.g. Fermi, Swift, NuSTAR, soon JWST) and ground-based instruments (e.g. Keck, MDM, SALT, etc.) is much preferred. This appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with the possibility for an additional year, to be discussed at the end of year one. The preferred start date is August 2020 or earlier. The position includes funds for travel, publications and computing and offers a competitive salary with health benefits.
Complete applications will include a cover letter; CV including publication list; a brief statement of research interests and vision; a statement addressing experience with and/or plans for mentoring students; a statement addressing commitment to maintaining an inclusive and accessible research culture; and 3-5 letters of recommendation. The research, mentoring and inclusion statements should not exceed 6 pages in total. All materials should be submitted in PDF format on Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/69870). Applications received by 30 December 2019 will receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and is one of the oldest universities in the United States. The Department of Physics & Astronomy has a range of active research programs in astronomy, cosmology, space physics, and nuclear, plasma, quantum, and condensed matter physics. Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, a small town in the beautiful Upper Valley of the Connecticut River two hours from Boston, and is consistently ranked one of the best small towns in which to live in the country.