Post-Doctoral Researcher Associate in Gravitational Lensing and Quasar Physics  

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Physics Department
DATE CLOSES: Open until the position is filled.

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Applications are invited for a position as a postdoctoral research associate in gravitational lensing and quasar physics at the Physics Department at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in support of Associate Professor Christopher Morgan. The successful applicant will supervise the USNAIU.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) lensed quasar monitoring program, a collaborative effort between these two institutions to provide regular optical/NIR monitoring oflensed quasars at northern declination.  The position will involve analysis of lensed quasar light curves at optical and X-ray wavelengths (Chandra data) in collaboration with investigators at Ohio State, the CfAand the EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland.  The position will require periodic travel to USNO, Flagstaff, AZ and will afford opportunities for optical instrumentation and/or adaptive optics work at USNO Flagstaff.  The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue research of their own choosing.

The position begins in September 2014 for an initial period of one year, with a likely extension to two years pending a positive performance review.

MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related discipline is required. Experience with optical/NIR data reduction is strongly preferred.  Experience in gravitational lensing, quasar physics, cluster computing and/or astronomical
instrumentation is preferred,but not required.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

This position is subject to a background investigation.

HOW TO APPLY FOR POSITION:

Applicants should submit a vita, bibliography and statement of research interests to astrosearch@usna.edu. Promising candidates will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation following review of their initial submissions.  The United States Naval Academy is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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