The Department of Physics at Florida State University invites applications for three postdoctoral research associates, with appointments beginning Fall 2014. The Astrophysics group at FSU has vigorous research programs in supernovae, star formation, and cosmology. A recent, major expansion brought three new faculty members who seek motivated and creative scientists for a variety of projects.
Professor Jeremiah Murphy has broad interests in theoretical astrophysics with emphases on gravitational wave emission, numerical radiation-hydrodynamics, and stellar evolution and explosions. He seeks candidates to simulate and study the radiation-hydrodynamic instabilities that launch core-collapse supernova explosions.
Professor David Collins works in the fields of numerical magneto hydrodynamics (MHD), molecular cloud dynamics, and star formation. Possible projects include numerical models of molecular cloud formation, prestellar core formation, MHD turbulence, and synthetic observations of such phenomena.
Professor Kevin Huffenberger works on physical cosmology, including large-scale structure and the cosmic microwave background (CMB). He seeks candidates to work on data analysis for ACTPol, the new polarization-sensitive CMB instrument on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. Major goals of the ACTPol project include characterizing lensing of the CMB, improving Sunyaev-Zeldovich measurements, probing the primordial power spectrum, and studying large-scale structure with cross-correlations.
FSU Astrophysics fosters a congenial, collaborative environment. Additional faculty includes Prof. Peter Hoeflich (SN theory and observations), Prof. Chris Gerardy (SN Observations), and Dr. David Rubin (SN/Cosmological statistics). We encourage applicants whose interests bridge the astrophysics program, and support collaborations throughout the group.
A PhD in astronomy, physics, or a closely related discipline is required. Applications should include a CV, bibliography, and a statement of research interests and experience, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to email@example.com. All materials are due 16 December 2013.
Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and it especially encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.