Postdoctoral Research Associate In Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

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Postdoctoral Research Associate In Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Search #: 494788
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Prof. Chiara Mingarelli's research group at the University of Connecticut for up to two years and the potential to work at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) for the third year.

The growing UConn astrophysics group has a vibrant and collegial atmosphere with research on star formation and the interstellar medium, galaxy evolution, active galactic nuclei, and computational galaxy formation in addition to Pulsar Timing Array science, The successful candidate will also benefit from frequent interactions with colleagues at the CCA, and the potential to spend one year in New York at the CCA as a Flatiron Research Fellow. A description of the CCA research groups and their members can be found at:


The successful candidate will work closely with the group on research topics related, but not limited to low-frequency gravitational-wave (GW) astrophysics, data analysis, multi-messenger astronomy, and the International Pulsar Timing Array. The position includes a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities.


  • Candidates are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field by the start date.

  • A solid research portfolio
  • Strong coding and analysis skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics
  • An interest and/or experience working with pulsar timing array data, supermassive black hole binaries, data analysis, gravitational-wave astrophysics.

The desired start date is August 27, 2021 (with flexibility). The initial appointment at UConn is for one year, renewable for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds. Another year has the potential to be based at the CCA in New York City as a Flatiron Research Fellow.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494788 to upload a CV, cover letter, publication list, and a research statement (3 pages maximum). The successful applicant will specifically describe how their work connects with Prof. Mingarelli's research, and the broader field of low-frequency GWs. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Chiara Mingarelli ([email protected]).

Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Chiara Mingarelli. Evaluation of applications will begin on November 2, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on November 6, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Oct 02 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Nov 06 2020 Eastern Standard Time




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Posted: 10/4/2020
Application Due: 11/6/2020
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