Post-Doctoral Fellow

Fayetteville, AR
Sep 21, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC877P

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Working Title Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position Number 6492

Department Physics

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 19 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

The Department of Physics offers degrees that provide a broad background in the physics and technology of today and tomorrow with courses in astronomy, biophysics, computational physics, electronics and optics and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, nanophysics, computational/theoretical physics and quantum and non-linear physics.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with Dr. Bret Lehmer and his group on studies of X-ray binary populations in galaxies. The group makes use of a variety of data from X-ray and multi-wavelength facilities, including, e.g. Chandra, XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer, GALEX, and Herschel. A summary of Dr. Lehmer's group and research activities can be found at The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have the option to work with and mentor quality undergraduate and graduate students and participate in teaching and outreach activities if desired. This position will perform other duties as assigned.

This is a 1-year initial appointment, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon funding and performance.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field conferred by the start of employment

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with mentoring students
  • Experience teaching astronomy or physics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of X-ray binary populations
  • Demonstrated research skills

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule 40 hours per week (schedule will vary based on position needs)

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Physics Building

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary $40,000 - $45,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications)

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 11/30/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Bret Lehmer
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Visit Bret Lehmer's Research Page for more information

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants must submit a 1-page letter of research interests (uploaded to the Statement of Research Philosophy link), curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and two professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference. Letters will be requested from the reference provided for all finalists.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field conferred by the start of employment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Statement of Research Philosophy
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Listing of Publications
  4. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status