Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics (Planet Formation)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Archive Date: 
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
ETH Zurich
Department Name: 
Dept. of Physics
Job Announcement Text: 

A 2+1 year postdoctoral position is available at ETH Zurich in computer simulations of planet-formation within the group of Prof. Judit Szulagyi. It is funded by an ERC Starting grant, with the desired starting date of Sep. 2021 (+/- few months is possible).

The project is attacking the question of how the observed diversity of planets is linked to the local disk environment where the planets are forming. They will carry out 3D (radiative) thermo-hydrodynamical simulations with dust+gas with an exsisting code (written in C language), and further develop that code to add additional physics, e.g. self-gravity.


  • PhD by the starting date of the position in quantitative sciences/engineering (e.g., (astro)physics, computer science, computational science or a related field)
  • programming skills


  • proven record in large code development
  • experience in astrophysical research
  • experience with hydrodynamical simulations with/without radiative transfer or self-gravity.

The postdoc will be part of a vibrant research atmosphere with numerous groups working on various aspects of planetary science in ETH Zurich and within the Switzerland-wide large collaboration of NCCR PlanetS.

More information about the position in the original ad at the university website

Please create one pdf file (title: your name) with:

  • CV (incl. GitHub identifier if exist)
  • publication list
  • motivation letter: max. 2 pages; incl. the possible starting date, contact details of 3 recommendation letter writers, and experience/plans (if any) with enhancing inclusivity in the academic community
  • research statement: max. 3 pages; incl. experience & relevant skills
Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$97000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Starting salary is approx. 88600 CHF (~97000 USD) with increase every year. Salary-scale is fixed, non-negotiable.
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Judit Szulagyi
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Scientific inquiries to Prof. Judit Szulagyi (, other questions to her administrative assistant: Ms. Caroline Keufer-Platz (