Research Associate in Physics-Astronomy
Michigan State University College of Natural Science
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physics-Astronomy 10032666
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University invites applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  The successful candidate will work on the South Pole Telescope (SPT) Experiment, with additional work on the forthcoming CMB-S4 project. The recently-deployed (2018) SPT-3G receiver will provide maps of Cosmic Microwave Background intensity and polarization with unprecedented sensitivity at small angular scales, enabling a wide variety of science, in particular the measurement of the properties of light relativistic particles such as neutrinos in the early universe. MSU plays a leading role in the SPT experiment in data analysis and participates in the project at all levels.

The successful applicant will work in the research group of Prof. Nathan Whitehorn. The position will include analysis of data from the SPT-3G receiver recently deployed to the telescope, as well as forecasting and pipeline development for the forthcoming CMB-S4 project.

Candidates interested in contributing to any of these areas of this research are encouraged to apply.  Research associates will also assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and with outreach and public engagement activities. 

Appointments will normally be for one year, and are renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Doctorate -cosmology, particle astrophysics

Minimum Requirements

Applications will be considered from Ph.D. physicists and astronomers with strong backgrounds in cosmology, particle astrophysics, particle physics, astronomy and related fields.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references via the website at using posting number 655976.

Special Instructions

Review of the current round of applications will begin on July 7, 2020.  MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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MSU Statement

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Advertised: Jun 22, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 21, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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