Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Michigan State University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
567 Wilson Road
East Lansing
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in theoretical and computational astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will collaborate with Profs. Sean Couch, Luke Roberts, and Andrew Christlieb.

The successful candidate will lead an effort to characterize the impact of rotation and magnetic fields on the core-collapse supernova mechanism, and related topics.  Responsibilities will include implementation of new methods for magnetohydrodynamics, transport, and microphysics, as well execution of cutting-edge simulations. Experience in large-scale numerical simulation and code development is required.  The successful candidate will be expected to effectively use local and NSF/DOE supercomputing platforms.  This position is part of the US Department of Energy Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) TEAMS nuclear astrophysics project (

MSU boasts excellent resources for research in computational nuclear astrophysics, including the 400-teraflop Laconia supercomputer, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics-Center for the Evolution of the Elements..

The appointment is initially for one year, renewed annually for up to four years, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in a related discipline by the start of the appointment.  Applicants should submit a CV and a statement of research interests to (posting number 472494). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 8, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Sean Couch
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Research Associate Position