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Post Doctoral Researcher, Physics & Astronomy

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Post Doctoral Researcher, Physics & Astronomy


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position within the group led by Prof. Federica Bianco to carry out research on data-driven astrophysical transients in large surveys. The research focus will be on the death and death throes of massive stars, leveraging machine learning methods for classification, characterization, and insight into physical properties in large survey data, with particular emphasis on the development of methodological applications for the LSST survey.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue independent research interests on related research topics.  They will have the opportunity to interact closely with many collaborators, working within the LSST Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaborations and the other LSST Science Collaborations, benefit from Prof. Bianco‚Äôs affiliation with the newly created UD Data Science Institute, and the vibrant UD astrophysics group which includes massive stars experts (Prof.s Stan Owocki and Veronique Petit), active members of the LSST community (Prof. John Gizis), and astronomical transients experts from planets to high energy particles, and proximity to many astrophysics centers where Prof. Bianco has active collaborations (e.g. UPenn, STScI).

Applicants should have a PhD in astrophysics, physics, or a discipline relevant to data-driven inference. Experience with Machine Learning and/or Big Data is required.  The appointment is for two years; renewal for a third year is subject to performance and availability of funds. The starting date will be on or before Sep 1, 2020.


Questions about the position may be directed to Prof. Bianco and Prof. Bianco will be at AAS in January 2020 if candidates are interested in meeting (email


Applicants should apply online at Candidates must upload 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a list of recent publications, 3) a summary of current and previous research (limited to 2 pages total), 4) a statement of future research interest and technical and scientific qualification that make the candidate suitable for this position (1 page), and 5) a list of 3 references. The applicant may also include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (optional).  All materials must be submitted as one document in at least 12 point font, single spaced. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply. Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility for employment in the United States.


 For full consideration apply by: January 15, 2020

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