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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Accreting Pulsars

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Space Sci. & Tech. (LoCSST)
Salary: Salary anticipated $ 45,000 - $60,000
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General Summary of Position:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at UMass Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology, to work on Accreting Pulsars, with Drs. Silas Laycock and Dimitris Christodoulou.


The successful applicant will develop codes to model X-ray pulse profiles as a way to infer the structure of the accretion flow, and explore the time evolution of pulsar magnetospheres. They will also identify and reduce X-ray observations to augment the group’s library of pulse-profiles in ways that meaningfully extend our parameter space. This will include processing archival data from XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Swift, Chandra, as well as proposing for new observations.

The group have several related observational and theoretical projects and the successful applicant will be encouraged to contribute to these. Pursuit of new avenues of research is highly encouraged, particularly leading to new collaborations, and to observational and/or funding proposals. In support of these activities the postdoc will be encouraged to publish papers and travel to present research at conferences.

About the Center:
UMass Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology is home to a vibrant interdisciplinary community of investigators (faculty, postdocs, students).
Information about our people and projects can be found at https://www.uml.edu/research/locsst

Position is contingent upon funding. 

Funding is available for travel, computing equipment and publications. Competitive salary and benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, or a related field, by the date of hire
  • Experience with X-ray astronomy datasets and computational modeling are strongly preferred

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal contingent upon funding and successful performance.

Please include a CV, cover letter and research interest with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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