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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160171
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Position Summary:

Postdoctoral Associate in Quasars/AGN research. The Department of
Physics at Virginia Tech seeks a Postdoctoral Associate to work with
professor Arav in the general area of quasar outflows, warm absorbers
and their influence on cosmological structure formation. Professor
Arav was recently awarded 3 projects on the Hubble Space Telescope
which will be a major part of this p-doc position
The successful candidate may participate in any of several aspects of
the program: ground and space-based observations; spectral analysis
and photoionization modeling of the data; dynamical modeling; AGN
feedback associated with the outflows; and relevant atomic
calculations. Experience with UV and/or optical spectroscopy, is
advantageous. The successful candidate will join an active
multidisciplinary group working on AGN outflows with national and
international collaborations, and programs on various
space-and-ground-based telescopes.
This appointment is for one year, renewable for up to two years
depending on performance and available funding. Applicants must
complete the faculty application online at, posting
SR0160171. Please submit a curriculum vitae, publication list and a research
statement. Also please arrange for three letters of reference to be
sent directly to Dr. Nahum Arav at Deadline for
applications is January 1, 2017. Position starting date: August 1st

Required Qualifications:

-Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics.
-Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as with a research group.
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel in the organization.

Preferred Qualifications:
Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the faculty application online at, posting SR0160171.Please submit a curriculum vitae, publication listing, and research statement. Also please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Dr. Nahum Arav at Review of applications will begin 1/1/2017.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Physics
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 or as needed
Job Posting Date: 11/15/2016
Review Begin Date: 01/15/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Research Statement
  3. Other Doc
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