Postdoctoral Associate, Physics & Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume)

PhD (or foreign equivalent) in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Applied Math or a related field. Experience running and developing grid-based hydrodynamics codes. Experience with Fortran or C++ programming.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with adaptive mesh refinement, implementing high-order integration methods for hydrodynamics and GPU Programming.


Brief Description of Duties:

The postdoc will work with Profs. Michael Zingale and Alan Calder and will be expected to work on developing high-order methods for coupling hydrodynamics, reactions, and other physics in the open source Castro hydrodynamics code (  This work will build on the current fourth-order accurate spectral deferred correction methods in Castro and extend them to work with adaptive mesh refinement.  The postdoc will collaborate with researchers at LBNL on this work. The postdoc will be encouraged to use these methods for scientific research in the field of stellar and nuclear astrophysics.


• Further develop SDC methods in Castro by including more Physics, new reactions networks, and new solution strategies, porting to GPUs

• Extend SDC to AMR by taking lead to extending it to multiple levels

• Perform science with Castro SDC using the new algorithm for scientific simulations

• Work with other SBU Nuclear Astro Group faculty to support code infrastructure, including bug fixing, testing and interactions with users

• Present finding and results at scientific meetings

Special Notes:

The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation.  Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability to funding.  FLSA Exempt, position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.  Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.


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Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore.  Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider.  The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL.  Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged. 


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For a full position description, or to apply online, visit: (Req. # 1901594)

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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Physics & Astronomy Department