Pennsylvania State University, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos

Position ID:Pennsylvania State University-Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos-NURADIO [#17509, REQ_0000001167]
Position Title: Neutrino Particle Astrophysics Postdoc
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Astrophysics, Experimental Astrophysics, High Energy Astrophysics, Neutrino Astronomy, particle astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2020/12/21 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/11/09)
Position Description:    

The Particle Astrophysics group at Penn State is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. Stephanie Wissel on multi-messenger and particle astrophysics.

The successful applicant will explore the radio detection of ultra-high-energy neutrinos through experiments deployed around the world including in Antarctica, Greenland, and high elevation mountains. Experiments such as the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) and the future radio component of IceCube-Gen2 at the South Pole and the Radio Neutrino Observatory in Greenland (RNO-G) search for EeV-scale neutrinos with antennas deployed in polar ice. Experiments like the Payload for Ultra-high-Energy Observations (PUEO) and the ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) search for neutrino interactions in the ice and upgoing tau neutrinos from high altitude balloons. Researchers in the Wissel lab are also exploring novel concepts like the Beamforming Elevated Array for COsmic Neutrinos (BEACON) which searches for upgoing tau neutrinos from a high-elevation mountain. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to conduct research for least one of these experiments – depending on their interest — through analysis, simulations, and/or instrumentation development, deployment, and monitoring. There will be opportunities for field campaigns. Previous experience in these areas is advantageous, but not required.

Penn State is a vibrant and stimulating environment for particle and multi-messenger astrophysics with ample opportunities for collaboration and career development. The postdoctoral scholar will be embedded within the Particle Astrophysics group and the Center for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (CMA) at the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC). Penn State is a leading institution in multi-messenger astrophysics. PSU hosts the Astrophysical Multi-Messenger Observatory Network, strong experimental groups in LIGO, HAWC, Auger, HELIX, LZ, Project8, IceCube, GRAND, and Swift, as well as leading theoretical groups in particle astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology.

Applications will be considered from Ph.D. physicists and astronomers with strong backgrounds in particle astrophysics, multi-messenger astrophysics, particle physics, cosmic ray physics, and related fields.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a CV and brief statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of yearly renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Apply online (Requisition REQ_0000001167). To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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