Job Opportunities within IGC

Theoretical research at the Institute spans a broad spectrum of areas including geometry, analysis, computational science, particle astrophysics, general relativity, cosmology, quantum gravity and string theory. On the observational side, members of the Institute play a central role in major international initiatives including the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, LIGO (Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory) and the SWIFT Gamma Ray Burst Explorer Satellite. There are ample research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars in all these areas.

At Penn State, through its inter-disciplinary research the Institute fosters scientific interactions between several departments and Centers in the Eberly College of Science. Similarly, the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics and the Center for Particle Astrophysics routinely deal with phenomenally large data sets which can provide challenging problems at the forefront of computational science. These offer opportunities for collaboration with experts on data mining and/or image analysis at the College of Information Science and Technology, particularly on the problem of giant pattern recognition. In recent years a large number of honors students in the Schreyer College have carried out research under the guidance of our faculty. In addition, several distinguished visiting scientists, including Roger Penrose, have given talks and held discussion sessions at this College.

This Week’s Seminars

  • Monday, Primordial Universe and Gravity (PUG) Discussions, 2:30 PM
    Speaker(s): No Speaker this week.

  • Tuesday, International Loop Quantum Gravity Seminar, 10:00 AM
    (Meets every other week)
    Speaker(s): Hal Haggard, Bard College
    Title: Arbitrary Precision Quantization of the Volume of the Simplest Grain of Space

  • Friday, Special HEPAP/CPGA Seminar, 1:30 PM
    Speaker(s): Christophe Royon, The University of Kansas
    Title: Diffraction at the LHC and the EIC: From soft to hard diffraction

  • Friday, Cosmology/Fundamental Theory Seminar, 9:30 AM
    Speaker(s): Pedro Espino, PSU
    Title: The fate of twin stars on the unstable branch

Current News

Shandera appointed director of Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos

The Internal Advisory Board of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC)
has selected Sarah Shandera, associate professor of physics, as the IGC’s new director.

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