Associate Scientist or Postdoctoral Fellow (Physics)
Christopher Newport University
June 4, 2018
Newport News, Virginia
Physics: Optics and Laser
The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering at Christopher Newport University invites applications for an Associate Scientist or Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics, effective August, 2018. This is a non-tenure track, one year, benefited appointment contingent upon receipt of funding. The possibility of yearly renewal is dependent on performance and continued grant funding. This is a sponsored research appointment with no teaching responsibilities. This appointment supports a National Science Foundation grant. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate research and demonstrate the potential for excellence in research with students.
The Associate Scientist or Postdoctoral Fellow will develop and maintain software infrastructure for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory focusing on LIGO metadata and data characterization. The successful candidate will develop new software infrastructure to support the LIGO research mission; operate, maintain, and enhance the Data Quality Segment Database services for LIGO, including the web-interface, software packages, and command line utilities in response to user requests; operate, maintain, and enhance the low-latency segment generation infrastructure for LIGO, including the software used to generate, transfer and publish this metadata.
The Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science or a closely related field is required for the Postdoctoral Fellow level. Candidates who possess the Master’s Degree in Physics, Computer Science or related field will be considered at the Associate Scientist level.
The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience with software development; experience with Python, git, and Linux/UNIX software development; and possess the ability to travel. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with LIGO or other scientific data analysis software, and software development.
The Department of Physics, Computer Science & Engineering at Christopher Newport University is composed of 22 physicists, computer scientists, and engineers who work in a collegial atmosphere. The successful applicant will join a team of faculty that integrates high quality teaching and significant research involving undergraduate and graduate students. The Department has a variety of laboratories in support of both teaching and research in high-speed data acquisition, complex data analysis and simulation, information science, remote sensor development, and multimedia graphics. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its programs are invited to visit http://cnu.edu/academics/departments/pcse/majorsminors/.
CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2017 freshman class of 1,290 students was selected from over 7,000 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1210, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.
To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), and three letters of recommendation (letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to email@example.com).
Review of applications will begin on June 24, 2018. Applications received after June 24, 2018, will be accepted but considered only if needed.
Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.
Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
About Christopher Newport University
Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 381 Best Colleges: 2017 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience -- great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, CNU is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs at CNU encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has recently completed over $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus, generated nearly 8,000 applications for a freshmen class of 1,200 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as fifth among public regional universities in the South and 14th among all regional universities in the South. In addition, CNU is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the li...fe of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit www.cnu.edu.
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