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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
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Date Posted 10/01/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Gravitational Wave Astronomy is a burgeoning field where discovery is driven by the development of novel algorithms to extract and characterize gravitational wave signals. Members of the eXtreme Gravity Institute ( at Montana State University are leaders in the application of Bayesian Inference and machine learning to develop new tools for gravitational wave astronomy.

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI) is composed of faculty members Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, Sachiko Tsuruta and David Nidever. The XGI hosts international workshops and summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work closely with Prof. Neil Cornish to develop novel analysis techniques with applications in gravitational wave astronomy.

The position is NASA funded, with the goal of developing a comprehensive science analysis approach for the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). Prof. Cornish is a member of the LISA, LIGO and NANOGrav collaborations, and opportunities will be available to conduct research across the gravitational wave spectrum.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in gravitational wave astrophysics

  • Knowledge of Bayesian Inference

  • Experience writing computational algorithms

  • High research productivity

The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will demonstrate research experience and creativity, high productivity and proficiency in written and oral communication.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required


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Screening of applications will begin on October 9, 2019 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

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Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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