Postdoctoral Fellow – WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology Diversity Fellowship

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
West Virginia University
Physics and Astronomy
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Job Description

The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology (GWAC) at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applicants to apply for the GWAC Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship was established to support the development of an early career scholar from a diverse background (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as a researcher, mentor, and teacher. The successful candidate will be mentored by GWAC faculty and be supported through numerous professional development activities, with the intent that a successful postdoctoral fellow joins the West Virginia University faculty at the end of the postdoc.

The postdoctoral fellow will carry out a research program that is synergistic with current research activities in the Center that focus on studies of compact objects, the interstellar medium, general relativity, gravitational waves, radio transients, and galaxy formation and evolution. The Center currently consists of nine faculty members, four postdocs, and roughly 20 graduate students. The candidate will also teach one course in their second and third years, closely mentored by Center faculty, and is expected to contribute to outreach and to the Center’s mission of equity and inclusion. 

WVU is a comprehensive land-grant university with roughly 30,000 students. WVU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Research-Very High Activity Institution. The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( consists of 25 tenured and tenure track faculty, two teaching professors, 15 research faculty and postdoctoral researchers, roughly 85 Ph.D. graduate students, and approximately 80 undergraduate physics majors. The largest research areas are condensed matter physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, and physics education. WVU is located roughly 130 miles from the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV; many astrophysics research and outreach programs make use of the facilities in Green Bank.

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Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages), statement describing previous and planned efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 2 pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as part of the application process. The screening process will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. 

WVU Research Corp. is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2021 Oct 21
Application Deadline
2021 Dec 01


Maura McLaughlin