Research Group

I joined the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy beginning in August 2022. Applications are invited for postdoctoral researchers to join my group.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Time-Domain Astrophysics

The submission deadline for this position was 2022 December 8. However, applications will continue be accepted until this position is filled.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications for a postdoctoral research position with Dr Tanmoy Laskar in the field of time-domain astrophysics.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a broad and dynamic research programme on observations, modeling, and theoretical explorations of astrophysical transients. The program’s current focus is on relativistic explosions, such as gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, and electromagnetic counterparts of compact binary mergers / gravitational wave transients.

Application instructions
To apply to this position, please:
(i) fill out this short form:
(ii) upload the following application materials, concatenated into a single PDF in order:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (can be included in CV)
  • A statement of research interests and plans (around 3-4 pages)

at the following link: .

You are welcome to use a research statement that you prepared for another position. In that case, please briefly explain how your research statement connects with the candidate profile (see below) in the cover letter. You are also welcome to include any other information that may be relevant to this position in the cover letter. Letters of recommendation will only be requested for short-listed candidates.

2022 December 8: Submission deadline (for full consideration)
2022 December 21: Letters of recommendation requested.
2023 February 10: Decision date (preliminary)

Candidate profile and research program
This position particularly seeks candidates possessing any combination of the following skills, in rough order of importance:

  • Radio astronomy expertise
  • Experience with or interest in time-domain astrophysics
  • Interest / expertise in high-energy astrophysics
  • Expertise with developing or applying theoretical models to astrophysical transients
  • Expertise in optical, X-ray, or multi-messenger observations
  • Experience in machine learning applications to astronomy

Candidates interested in this position are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all of the above skill suggestions. You will be encouraged to pursue an independent research program in collaboration with the PI using data from recent or upcoming multi-wavelength GRB, TDE, and GW-EM programs. You will have the opportunity to propose for, undertake, and publish fast turn-around multi-wavelength observations and modeling of energetic transients.

Available projects with existing data include:

  • Investigating GRB jet structure through radio / mm polarization observations
  • Probing the early universe with high-redshift gamma-ray bursts
  • Diving into trans-relativistic explosions with radio forensics of nearby GRBs
  • Searching for off-axis jets in TDEs through radio observations
  • Exploring patterns in the properties of energetic transients through machine learning

A minimum of 20% of research time is available for the candidate’s own on-going research programs. The successful candidate is encouraged to participate in mentoring and co-supervising undergraduate, graduate, and summer students. The PI believes strongly in the importance of good mentoring, and is willing to play an active role in the candidate’s professional and career development, including support with developing observing programs, grant / application writing, and in developing supervision skills, while also remaining open to learning and growing through reverse mentoring. The PI is a strong champion for diversity and equity in the workplace, and is equipped to supervise, support, and encourage interested and motivated researchers from a range of diverse backgrounds.

Salary and benefits
The appointment is for 3 years. The position provides a competitive salary ($60,000 per year), a research & travel fund ($3,000 per year), benefits (subject to University / state regulations), and relocation expenses ($3,000 for domestic and $6,000 for international applicants). Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field by the time of appointment, expected to be September 1, 2023. The start date is flexible.

Additional postdoctoral positions at Utah
In addition to this position, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah also invites applications for postdoctoral research positions to collaborate with Dr. Yao-Yuan Mao on extragalactic astronomy and galaxy surveys, and with Dr. Gail Zasowski on Milky Way and galactic astronomy. You can find the application instructions to these positions in separate job advertisements.

Equity Statement
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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