Post Doctoral Fellow - Computational Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Clemson University
South Carolina
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Clemson University: College of Science: Physics & Astronomy
Post Doctoral Fellow - Computational Astrophysics

Location: Clemson, SC

A postdoctoral position, with joint affiliations at Clemson University and Columbia University, is available in the area of computational astrophysics for a period of 2-3 years. The candidate will work with Prof. Jonathan Zrake at Clemson and Prof. Zoltan Haiman at Columbia as part of a collaboration that also includes Prof. Andrew MacFadyan at New York University.

The candidate will be based at Clemson University, and will spend several months each year in New York City, working with Zoltan Haiman at Columbia University and Andrew MacFadyen at NYU.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to work on topics relating to gravitational wave emission by supermassive black hole binaries, and the physics of gas accretion in these systems. He or she will also collaborate with Prof. Zrake in expanding the computational astrophysics group at Clemson. This may include mentoring graduate students and interacting with Clemson Physics and Astronomy faculty.

In 2008, Clemson was ranked No. 6 among academic institutions in the country and No. 60 worldwide on the list of TOP 500 Supercomputing Sites, which is published twice a year by the International Supercomputing Conference. Clemson University has a vibrant research community consisting of nearly 5000 graduate students and a growing number of postdoctoral fellows supported by the office of postdoctoral affairs committed to their professional development. Located in idyllic Clemson, SC in the foothills of the Appalachians, we are just minutes from the mountains, lakes and from the city of Greenville. Clemson offers outstanding research as well as a reasonable cost of living.


A PhD in physics, astronomy, or closely related field is required.

The candidate should have extensive knowledge of numerical methods for magnetohydrodynamics, and be proficient in high performance computing.


Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio at and must include the following: i) a cover letter describing scientific interests, experiences and career goals; ii) a detailed CV with publication record; and iii) names and email addresses for three references.

The deadline for submission is 11/30/2019.

For more information about this position , write to Jonathan Zrake (

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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