Research Associate-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Michigan State University working with Prof. Laura Chomiuk and Dr. Elias Aydi on multi-wavelength observations and modelling of classical novae and related Galactic transients. The NASA-funded study of novae will focus on modelling their multi-wavelength emission and understanding the role of shocks in these events. We encourage applications from candidates with no experience studying novae, and are open to candidates with diverse expertise, including—but not limited to—studies of astrophysical transients, interpretation of broad-band spectral energy distributions, and reduction or analysis of multi-wavelength data (including optical, X-ray, and/or other wavelengths),

Prof. Chomiuk's research group has active multi-wavelength programs to study novae and supernovae and investigate accreting white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. MSU has guaranteed access to the SOAR 4-m telescope in Chile, and members of Prof. Chomiuk's group also have guaranteed access to a high performance computing facility. MSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a diverse group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, working in a variety of areas including observational, theoretical, and computational astronomy. Members of the department are also highly involved in outreach activities and community engagement, particularly at the MSU campus observatory, which hosts a 24-inch reflector used for outreach, education, and research purposes. MSU’s campus is famous for its abundance of green spaces and vibrant atmosphere, situated in the city of East Lansing. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -astronomy, physics, or a related subject

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related subject by the appointment start.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV (please highlight leadership experience and community service, in addition to academic record), publication list, and a brief statement of research Interests (not to exceed 3 pages, excluding references). Names and e-mail addresses of at least three individuals from whom letters of recommendation should be included.  All information should be uploaded to the web site using posting number 822620(a link to this site can be found above). Note that the requests for reference letters are sent electronically once an application is submitted online, so it is useful to apply early. 

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Special Instructions

Review of materials will begin December 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The initial appointment will be for two years and will be renewable for another year upon mutual agreement. Inquiries about the position are actively encouraged ([email protected] or [email protected]).

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