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Postdoctoral Research Associate In Particle Astrophysics and Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy

The Gamma-Ray group at Iowa State University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy and Particle Astrophysics. Our group works primarily on the VERITAS experiment (gamma.physics.iastate.edu), which is currently the most sensitive gamma-ray observatory in the world for photons between 100 GeV and 50 TeV. VERITAS is complementary to the Fermi observatory in space, and we expect the successful candidate to be involved in the analysis and interpretation of data from both instruments. Our group studies both Galactic and extragalactic astrophysical objects, with an emphasis on using them as probes to study such questions as the origin of cosmic rays, the nature of dark matter, the nature of black holes, and constraints on the extragalactic background light.

The construction of VERITAS was completed in 2007, but the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a recently funded upgrade to the VERITAS trigger system, in addition to pursuing research and development for a next generation ground-based TeV gamma-ray observatory, AGIS (webapps.pna.ucla.edu/agis) and CTA (www.cta-observatory.org).

Applicants are expected to have a recent PhD in experimental high energy/nuclear physics or astrophysics. Prior experience with hardware/electronics and/or detector simulation is not required, but is preferred. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Frank Krennrich (krennich@iastate.edu) and to Prof. Amanda Weinstein (amandajw@iastate.edu).

Iowa State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.