Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Simons Foundation, Flatiron Institute
New York
United States of America
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The Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA), led by David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses.

Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows at the CCA. Flatiron Research Fellows are generally two year-appointments, and may be renewed for a third year, contingent on performance. CCA research groups in 2018 will be in the following areas and include the following senior scientists: Astronomical Data (David Hogg); Compact Objects (Yuri Levin); Galaxy Formation (Greg Bryan & Rachel Somerville); Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Will Farr); Cosmology X Data Science (Shirley Ho); Planet Formation (Phil Armitage); Dynamics (Kathryn Johnston). A description of the research groups and the full CCA research team can be found at https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astro....

The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied math, statistics, computer science or cosmology. Flatiron Research Fellows will develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets and work to apply these methods to obtain new insights into astrophysics. Generally, these positions are two-year appointments and may be renewed for a third year. The fellows will work on research programs supervised by the research scientists, group leaders  and the director. The CCA is in New York City and the anticipated start dates for these positions will be between July 2019 and October 2019.

Flatiron Research Fellows are encouraged to carry out an independent research program, collaborate with other Flatiron members, participate in the vibrant activities of the Institute such as workshops and seminars, and mentor students.

As part of a new initiative in theoretical and computational astrophysics, the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship, to be offered jointly with CCA. Successful candidates will spend two years at each institution. In addition to submitting an application through this job posting, applicants must also apply for the Princeton posting directly at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/8462.




  • Ph.D. in related field


Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Expertise in computational methods
  • Ability to do original and outstanding research in astrophysics


Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit two separate applications: one to Princeton at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/8462, and one to CCA.


Each application should include:

  • CV with bibliography
  • Research statement describing past important results and proposed research program
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to astro@simonsfoundation.org



All applications must be submitted no later than December 1, 2018.


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 provides 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: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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