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Visiting Research Professor (Post-Doc Gravitational Lensing and Quasar Physics)

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Physics Department
DATE CLOSES: Application review will begin on 15 November 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT THE
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY:

The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions.  Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

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Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Applications are invited for a full-time position as a postdoctoral visiting research scientist in gravitational lensing and quasar physics at the USNA Physics Department in support of Associate Professor Christopher Morgan.  The successful applicant will supervise the USNA/U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) lensed quasar monitoring program, a collaborative effort between these two institutions to provide regular optical/NIR monitoring of lensed 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 CfA and the EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland.  The position will require periodic travel to USNO in 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 is set to begin Fall 2018 for an initial period of one year, with a likely extension of an additional year pending a positive performance review.

MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum:

  • A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related discipline is required. (Anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than July 1, 2018 is acceptable).

  • Applicant must be a US Citizen

Preferred:

  • Experience with optical/NIR data reduction is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in gravitational lensing, quasar physics, cluster computing and/or astronomical instrumentation.   

Required:

All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Faculty-Information/Background-Investigation-Info.php

HOW TO APPLY FOR POSITION:

  1. Applications will be reviewed beginning 15 November 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.  Interested candidates should send a vita, bibliography and statement of research interests to astronomy-positions-group@usna.edu. Promising candidates will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation following review of their initial submissions.
  2. Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to godwin@usna.edu.  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position.

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

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