Research Associates in SN and Time-Domain

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Virginia
Department of Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia (UVa) invites applications for two Research Associate positions in Supernova (SN) and time-domain science, both with Prof. Maryam Modjaz, who is now at UVa.

One position is to work with Prof. Maryam Modjaz, in collaboration with Dr. Tyler Pritchard (NASA Goddard), on multi-wavelength (UV to NIR) NASA archival photometry data SN and transients with emphasis on statistical analysis (including generating template light curves and bolometric corrections) and modeling (including physical parameter inference from consensus models). 

The second position is to work with Prof. Maryam Modjaz and her group on photometry and spectroscopy of new SNe and transients, using UVa access to large-aperture telescopes, such as LBT, MMT, and Magellan, as well as the Las Cumbres observatory. 

In addition, members of the UVa SN group benefit from interaction with other SN researchers at UVa & NRAO, such as Prof. Roger Chevalier and Dr. Poonam Chandra, with the new UVa School for Data Science, and with nearby NRAO, which is located on the grounds of the University

The successful applicants can also propose their own topics and will have access to their own research and travel funds.


QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field by the start date is required. 

Candidates should meet one of the following criteria:

  • Archival multi-wavelength transient science, and a background in any form of time-domain astronomy and experience in statistical modeling/data science, machine learning, and software carpentry are preferred. 
  • Real-time SN science, applicants with previous experience in observational SN science (spectroscopy & photometry) are preferred.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach the following:

  • a 1-page cover letter (mentioning for which position, or both, to be considered)
  • curriculum vitae
  • 2-3 pages of statement of research interest
  • contact information for three references. Reference letters will be requested during the long list stage. 

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the link referenced above. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Dec. 15, 2022, and the posting will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This position is initially a one-year appointment, with renewal for an additional two one-year increments contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding the positions, contact Maryam Modjaz, Professor, at [email protected]

For questions regarding the application process, contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected].

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Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Nov 19
Application Deadline
2023 Jan 15
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Maryam Modjaz