Advertised Postdoctoral and Faculty Positions, Fall 2004/Spring 2005

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  1. McQuarrie University (Sydney)
  2. Penn State University (PDFs)
  3. Penn State University (Faculty)

McQuarrie University (Sydney)

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) at Macquarie University in
Sydney has created four new positions. One of these is for a cosmologist or
astrophysicist with interest in the origin, evolution and pervasiveness of
life. The ACA is an associate member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and
is one of the fastest growing research centres in the field. Further
information about the Centre and the position may be obtained from the
website  Expressions 
of interest may be directed to Professor P.C.W. Davies via e mail to Late applications may be considered.

Penn State University (PDFs)

                    POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AT 

The Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry (IGPG)
at Penn State anticipates several post-doctoral openings
with start date of August/September 2005 in the following areas:
1. Mathematical General Relativity and Quantum Gravity
2. Numerical Relativity
3. Gravitational Wave Physics and Astrophysics
The Institute Faculty working in these areas includes
Abhay Ashtekar, Sam Finn, Pablo Laguna, Peter Meszaros,
Victor Nistor, Ben Owen, Deirdre Shoemaker Steinn Sigurdsson,
Alex Wolszczan and Jinchao Xu. In addition, Roger Penrose and
Jerzy Lewandowski spend approximately six weeks a semester.
The Institute has over twenty post-docs and post-doctoral visitors
and a similar number of research students.
We hold a weekly Institute seminar at the level of a
`Gravitational Physics Colloquium' and three more specialized
weekly seminars in the areas listed above. There is constant
intellectual stimulation and opportunities to interact with
leading experts in the field. One of the distinguishing
features of the Institute is the synergy between the three areas.
Post-docs and students in the Institute cross the traditional
boundaries in our field and are thus well prepared to import
ideas and techniques from one area to another.
The Center for Gravitational Wave Physics (CGWP) is an integral
part of the Institute, founded by the National Science Foundation
in 2001 with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary research
linking astrophysics, gravitational wave physics and
experimental gravitational wave detection in the pursuit of
the scientific understanding of gravity and the development of
gravitational wave observations as a tool of observational astronomy.
It has an international visitor program and hosts frequent
workshops focused on critical gravitational
wave phenomenology problems.
Applicants should send a cover letter, CV including
a list of publications, a brief description of research interests
and relevant experience, and have three letters of
recommendation sent directly to
Karen Brewster
Gravity Postdoc ??
104 Davey Lab
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
where ?? = A for Mathematical General Relativity
             and Quantum Gravity
         = B for Numerical Relativity
         = C for Gravitational Wave Physics and Astrophysics.
Applicants should free to list more than one boxes.
The cover letter should indicate areas of their
primary research interest. We will begin processing applications
starting December 1st, 2004 and continue until
all available positions are filled.
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal
opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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Penn State University (Faculty)


The Physics Department at Penn State expects to make a faculty
appointment in the area of quantum gravity. The rank will be
commensurate with the level of experience but some preference will be
given to junior candidates for entry-level assistant
professorships. The normal starting date will be Fall of 2005.
Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th 2004 until the
positions are filled.

The appointee will also be a member of the Institute for Gravitational
Physics and Geometry (IGPG) which has approximately 50 members
(including research students) from the departments of astronomy and
astrophysics, mathematics and physics. For 2005-06 the Core faculty
will include Abhay Ashtekar, Sam Finn, Pablo Laguna and Deirdre
Shoemaker. They lead strong research programs in quantum gravity,
analytical and numerical general relativity and gravitational wave
physics, involving 20-25 post-docs and 10-15 graduate students. Roger
Penrose holds a Distinguished Visiting Chair and spends approximately
two months a year at IGPG.

Other research areas in the Institute include string theory, geometry,
analysis, computational science and relativistic astrophysics. The
physics and astronomy and astrophysics departments have world-class
expertise in several related areas: astro-particle physics (Pierre
Auger Observatory), gamma ray bursts (SWIFT), X-ray astronomy (Chandra
observatory) and theoretical and observational cosmology. In addition,
the physics department has an exceptionally strong program in
condensed matter physics.

For junior positions, applicants are expected to have demonstrated
exceptional promise during their post-doctoral years. For senior
positions, applicants should have an outstanding research record.  All
successful candidates are expected to teach at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels and establish a vigorous research program in CGPG.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications
and at least three reference letters, and sent to :Dr. Jayanth
R. Banavar, Head Physics Department Faculty Search, Box G The
Pennsylvania State University 104 Davey Laboratory University Park, PA

Further information about the Physics Department is available at

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and 
the diversity of its work force.

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