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Postdoctoral Position in Multimessenger Astrophysics

The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in multimessenger astrophysics. The successful candidate will work with the Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON), and will also have the possibility of joining one or more of the participating collaborations. AMON links the world`s leading high-energy neutrino, cosmic-ray, gamma-ray, and gravitational-wave observatories by performing real-time coincidence searches for multimessenger signals. Our main effort with AMON concentrates on distributing the resulting coincidences in the form of electronic alerts for real-time follow-up observations. The physics goals of AMON are to probe the high-energy universe via all four fundamental forces of nature, and identify new multimessenger astrophysical sources. The most important near-term effort will be to help incorporate gravitational-wave alerts into the network and into the real-time coincidence analyses. We began distributing prompt neutrino alerts in April 2016 in a collaborative effort with the IceCube Collaboration. In 2018 we will implement the first real-time neutrino-gamma alerts with subthreshold data from IceCube and HAWC. We are also proposing to add subthreshold triggers from gravitational-wave detections. This will open up a range of real-time coincidence analyses. The successful candidate will be welcome to contribute to the particle astrophysics program of this new phase of AMON. Requirements include a recent Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics. Experience in multimessenger astrophysics in general and gravitational waves in particular will be advantageous. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/83274 and include a cover letter, CV and statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to physicsapply@psu.edu indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Based on mutual satisfaction and continued funding, the possibility for extension exists for a maximum of two additional years. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Informal inquiries about this post may be made to: dfc13@psu.edu, or miguel@psu.edu.

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