Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA)

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Institution Classification/Type: 
Simons Foundation/Flatiron Institute
Department Name: 
Center for Computational Astrophysics
New York
United States of America
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Established in 2016, the mission at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) is to create new computational methods, simulation tools and theoretical frameworks for study and modeling of complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems, and to analyze big astronomical datasets, ranging in scales from planets to the entire Universe. In 2021, CCA research themes will include Astronomical Data, Compact Objects, Galaxy Formation, Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Cosmology X Data Science, Planet Formation, and Dynamics. Please see for a full description of the goals of the current research groups and science staff. The CCA has formal or informal partnerships with The Simons Observatory, The Terra Hunting Experiment, Sloan Digital Sky Survey V, The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, and the NASA SPHEREx mission.


Reporting to the President of the Simons Foundation, the Director of CCA will support and advance the scientific and institutional vision and mission of the Flatiron Institute and Simons Foundation. 

Essential functions include: determining the center’s research vision for the development of computational Astrophysics; direction of related science programs, strategies, and initiatives; staffing the center with junior- and senior-level scientists; creating, reviewing and directing research themes; examining and evaluating scientists’ research statements and progress; engaging with the larger scientific community through a lively array of meetings, workshops and conferences as focal points for computational Astrophysics internationally; and conducting their own research program working with other researchers at the center.

The Director will be expected to operate in a highly collaborative environment, partnering with peers and leaders within and at other research institutions. This role will require navigating and effectively managing complex cross-institutional relationships to nurture positive relations with these critical partners. This person will be a key contributor to the Foundation’s dynamic research environment.


  • Solve important problems in computational astrophysics.  Focus on problems that Flatiron is uniquely positioned to solve.
  • Invent and propagate better data analysis practices, analytical methods and computational methods for the global astrophysics community, with a focus on rigor.
  • Develop, maintain, and contribute to open-source software packages, open data, and communities. 
  • Create and support a community of doers, learners, and mentors in New York City and beyond.
  • Train and launch diverse early-career researchers with unique capabilities in computational methods.

We encourage and are interested in engaging with candidates from a broad range of experiences and perspectives and with an interest in working within a culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

The position is based at the Flatiron Institute Simons Foundation in New York City. Part- and full-time employment or other arrangements may be considered.


  • A doctoral degree in astronomy or other relevant discipline
  • At least 10-15 years’ leadership and relevant work experience;
  • Effective management and communication skills, with the ability to lead through influence;
  • Strong project management skills and experience;
  • Ability to lead a vibrant research program in a collegial environment;
  • A significant record of publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff; and,
  • Experience with computation, software and algorithm development, theoretical analysis, and modeling and/or scientific simulation and applications.


  • CV with bibliography
  • Research statement describing past achievements and proposed vision statement for CCA, not to exceed three pages total


Applications must be submitted by March 26, 2021.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 26, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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