Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Planet Formation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Iowa State University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
2323 Osborn Drive
Street Line 2: 
Physics 0012
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with Prof. Jake Simon and join a rapidly growing planet formation group at Iowa State University.  The researcher will work on numerical and theoretical studies in the general area of planet formation, with possible focus areas to include protoplanetary disk physics, structure, and evolution and planetesimal formation. They will run simulations wtih the Athena and Athena++ gas dynamics code on both local HPC facilities and on XSEDE supercomputers. Additional responsibilities include writing up results in peer-reviewed publications and presenting their work at conferences.  There may also be opportunities to co-advise graduate and/or undergraduate students and closely collaborate with observers, depending on the project. 

This is a one year term appointment with the option to renew with renewal possible up to 3 years. 


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field obtained prior to appointment date.

Experience with running numerical simulations of gas dynamics processes on high-performance-computing facilities. 


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with the Athena and/or Athena++ gas dynamics codes is preferred, but not required.


Proposed Start Date:

September 1, 2020


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click HERE and then click on “Apply”. Then, complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter specifically addressing how the applicants research interests fit into the job description

3) a brief (1 page) statement of research interests

4) Contact information for three references


All positions close at 12:01 am on the date listed in the posting. In order to be considered, all applications must be submitted BEFORE the date listed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Jake Simon
Assistant Professor
Iowa State University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
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Computational Planet Formation Postdoc