The Department of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and the Naval Research Laboratory, is seeking one Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a project studying type Ia supernovae, incorporating newly-developed first-principles turbulently-driven detonation initiation models into three-dimensional full-star hydrodynamical simulations. All applicants should have strong high-performance computational skills. Knowledge of nuclear astrophysics, and experience with hydrodynamical models, turbulence modeling, nuclear networks, and radiative transfer on high-performance computers is a plus.
The position is funded by a NASA collaborative study led by Drs. Robert Fisher (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - UMassD), Alexei Poludnenko (University of Connecticut - UConn), and Vadim Gamezo (Naval Research Laboratory - NRL), and will engage the fellow with cross-disciplinary research connecting the small-scale properties of turbulence and detonation initiation with full-star simulations, as well as the predicted nucleosynthetic and spectral signatures of their thermonuclear transients. The fellow will also interact with faculty, graduate students, and scientists at UMassD, UConn, and NRL.
The position, contingent upon award, has an annual salary of $50k with benefits, and funding for travel to scientific meetings. The successful candidate could begin as soon as possible. The position will be administered through an annual contract with NASA. The initial appointment will be for one year, and funds will be available to renew the contract through a second and third year conditional on performance.
For more information about this position, qualifications, program contacts, and how to apply, please navigate to our website at UMass Careers.