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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Vanderbilt University to work in the group of Prof. Jessie Runnoe with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V.

Physics & Astronomy

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Jessie Runnoe and contribute to a research program on active galaxies, including changing-look quasars and supermassive black hole binaries. A particular focus of the research will be a large-scale study of quasar multi-year spectroscopic variability in SDSS V. New ideas and research proposals in the field of active galaxies are also encouraged and there will be opportunities to help mentor students.

This is a fixed-term appointment for one year starting summer/fall 2020, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years. It offers a competitive salary, full benefits, and research budget. 

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to fostering excellence through an academically and culturally diverse community of scholars. Candidates with experience and goals in equity, diversity, and inclusion in mentoring, research, or service are welcome. Significant efforts to increase diversity and equity in STEM are made through the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in these efforts.

In addition to SDSS V, there are ample resources available to the Vanderbilt Astrophysics group: a new Data Science Institute (DSI) with collaborative ties to Prof. Runnoe’s research, the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA), and the state-of-the-art Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) cluster with ~10,000 cores and bleeding-edge GPU resources. The Department of Physics & Astronomy has a strong community of extragalactic astronomers with expertise in supermassive black holes, galaxy clustering, and gravitational waves. 

Vanderbilt is a private research university ranked in the top 15 nationally. Nashville is ranked amongst the top 20 cities to live in the US, with thriving scenes in music, art, entertainment, education, technology, and outdoor activities.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Experience with quasars and/or optical spectroscopy would be an advantage, although all exceptional candidates will be considered.

Applicants should ensure that all of the following are sent directly to Prof. Runnoe, with the subject line “SDSS QSO Postdoc 2019, LASTNAME FIRSTNAME”, and received by 11.59pm Central US Time on December 15th 2019. 

• A cover letter stating the applicant’s overall goals, motivation for applying, and how their research aligns with the position (1 page; LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Cover.pdf)
• A curriculum vitae including a list of publications and talks. (LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV.pdf)
• A description of research accomplishments and future plans (3 page limit, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font; LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Research.pdf)
• Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Runnoe by the deadline.

Candidates interested in further details are encouraged to contact Prof. Runnoe.


Jessie Runnoe, PhD
: (615) 343-4148
2019-10-07 15:14:15

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