Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics at NYU/CCA

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Flatiron Institute at Simons Foundation
Department Name: 
Center for Computational Astrophysics
New York
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Joint Faculty and Associate Research Scientist Position in Theoretical Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics


The Department of Physics at New York University (NYU), jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for a joint position.  We seek candidates working on fundamental questions at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology using computational methods and/or modern data science approaches. The Center for Computational Astrophysics' mission is to create new computational frameworks that allow scientists to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to cosmology. The successful candidate will join the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics in the NYU Physics Department. The CCPP is a group of faculty, students and research scientists working on fundamental questions at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

The position is a 50-50 joint appointment between NYU and CCA, with the appointee spending half of her or his effort in each place. At NYU the opening is at the tenure track Assistant Professor level and, at CCA, it is at the Associate Research Scientist level. The position is based at the Simons Foundation and NYU offices in New York City. It is expected that, subject to satisfactory progress in research, the Associate Research Scientist Appointment will continue for the duration of the NYU untenured faculty appointment (approximately and/or up to six years).

A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field is required. The responsibilities for this joint position include but are not limited to: establishing a leading research program with a significant computational component; teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at NYU; contributing to the scientific activities at the Flatiron Institute by assisting with the organization of CCA-related conferences, workshops, group seminars and summer programs; and, supervising research conducted by Flatiron Research Fellows and summer interns.

The holder of this joint appointment will be considered for promotion to a full time NYU tenured professorship according to NYU's standard policies and procedures.

Review of applications will begin on or about November 15, 2019. 

Important: in order to be considered for this joint appointment, candidates must submit their application in two places:

To NYU at:


Contact info: Lorelei Demesa, lorelei.demesa@nyu.edu.

To CCA at:


The application materials should include a letter describing current and planned research and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, list of publications. The NYU application should include the names and contact information of three references. The candidate should also have these three references letters emailed directly to CCA at astro@simonsfoundation.org.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of members from NYU and CCA.

Because diversity is important to our institutions, the letter describing research and teaching activities, should include a brief paragraph telling us how diversity figures into the applicant’s past and present teaching, research, community engagement, and/or life experience, as well as how the applicant would bring issues of diversity to bear on the teaching and programming of NYU's Department of Physics.



  • A successful candidate will have a Ph.D.  in physics or a related discipline.
  • One or more years of postdoctoral research experience is desirable.

Required Experience

  • Demonstrated abilities in establishing a leading research program in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics or a related field, embracing the opportunities offered by a joint position between NYU Physics and CCA. This research program should include a significant computational component.
  • Ability to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.
  • A record of excellence in scientific publication


More information about NYU Physics Department’s research programs can be found at http://physics.as.nyu.edu.The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, please read here. (http://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/administrative-resources/office/dean...). EOE/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  


Directed by Dr. David Spergel, the Center for Computational Astrophysics’ mission is to create new computational methods, tools and frameworks that allow scientists to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to the Universe. 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.

The Simons Foundation’s Diversity Commitment
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: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Center for Computational Astrophysics