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Montana State University Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21133

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Anne Lohfink at 406-994-6176 or

Classification Title Postdoctoral Researcher

Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate

Brief Position Overview

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher at Montana State University to work with Prof. Anne Lohfink on observational black hole astrophysics. The work will focus on fundamental aspects of black hole accretion in X-ray binaries and AGN, such as AGN outflows, and studies of the accretion geometry. A background in one or more of these areas, and experience in X-ray and space-based astrophysics, will be beneficial.

The successful applicant will be expected to perform relevant research and work collaboratively with the rest of the research group. They will develop and lead their own observational and/or theoretical projects, as well as have the opportunity to help mentor students.

As part of the eXtreme Gravity Institute ( at Montana State, group members also have access to the University’s Hyalite Research Computing Cluster (

Position Number 4C1852

Department Physics

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date 05/01/2021

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $45,000 to $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The successful applicant will join the research group of Prof. Anne Lohfink as well as The eXtreme Gravity Institute ( at the Department of Physics of Montana State University. The eXtreme Gravity Institute is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the LISA Science Team, and the NanoGrav collaboration.

The eXtreme Gravity Institute is composed of faculty members Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, and Amy Reines. The Institute mentors a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 25), hosts international workshops and will soon host summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with the research group of Prof. Anne Lohfink on black hole astrophysics.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Ph.D in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

The Successful Candidate Will

Assignment funding is available for 2 years but shorter terms of employment will be considered

Continuation of employment is contingent upon funding

The successful candidate will have demonstrated research creativity, high productivity, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon Completion of a Successful Search

Position End Date (if temporary) 05/01/2021

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .