Postdoctoral position in observational high-energy astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Michigan
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan invites applications for a postdoctoral position in observational high-energy astrophysics. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Elena Gallo on characterizing compact X-ray sources in external galaxies.  


The postdoc will have significant freedom to develop and start new projects with the resources available at University of Michigan. This includes institutional access to the twin Magellan 6.5-m telescopes in Chile, the MDM Observatory in Arizona, the CHARA Interferometer, the Neil Gehrels/Swift space telescope, and the university’s newly upgraded high-performance computing facilities (~13,000 cores). The University of Michigan is also a member of four international consortia contributing to the instrumentation program for the European Extremely Large Telescope:  METIS, HARMONI, ANDES, and MOSAIC. 


Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or physics before the start date (which can be as early as desired) and have past experience with one or more of the following: X-ray binaries and/or AGN physics, multiple observatories, multi-wavelength studies, bayesian inference methods. The total length of this position is expected to be up to three years.  As per university-wide guidelines, appointments are in one year increments with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.  The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A full benefits package will be included.


To apply please go to and submit the following material: 


* A cover letter that summarizes the candidate's experience (no more than 2 pages). 


* A CV, including a list of publications


* A statement of research interests (no more than 3 pages). 


* The names of three letter writers (letters will be requested via interfolio)


All materials should be received by December 15 for full consideration; questions should be directed to Dr. Elena Gallo ([email protected]).


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of astronomy. 


U-M Background Screening Statement

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 12
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 15