Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Archive Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Flatiron Institute at Simons Foundation
Department Name: 
Center for Computational Astrophysics
New York
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


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.

Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows at the CCA. Flatiron Research Fellows are generally two year-appointments, and can be renewed for a third year, contingent on performance. CCA research groups in 2019 will be in the following areas and include the following senior scientists: Astronomical Data (David W. Hogg); Compact Objects (Yuri Levin); Galaxy Formation (Rachel Somerville); Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Will M. Farr); Cosmology X Data Science (Shirley Ho); Planet Formation (Phil Armitage); and Dynamics (Kathryn V. Johnston). A description of the research groups and the full CCA research team can be found at https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astro....

The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied math, computer science, or statistics. Flatiron Research Fellows are expected to conduct independent research programs in areas of astrophysics that connect strongly with one or more of the existing groups at CCA and/or other centers at the Flatiron Institute.  We encourage interested individuals to visit the CCA website listed above to view the current range of research. Fellows will receive scientific and career development mentoring from the research scientists, group leaders, and the director. In addition to carrying out an independent research program, Flatiron Research Fellows are expected to: disseminate their results through scientific publication; participate in conferences, software release/distribution, workshops, and seminars; and, when available, mentor students.

The CCA is in New York City and the anticipated start dates for these positions will be between July 2020 and October 2020.




  • Ph.D. in related field

Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Expertise in computational methods, data analysis, software and algorithm development, modeling, theoretical astrophysics, machine learning or scientific simulation.
  • Ability to do original and outstanding research in astrophysics
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a collaborative team environment


Required Application Materials
Each application should include:

  • CV with bibliography
  • Research statement describing past important results and proposed research program
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to astro@simonsfoundation.org

When submitting your application, please read and follow the guidelines from AAS, which is available at https://jobregister.aas.org/postdoc-application-guidelines

All application materials must be submitted no later than November 4, 2019.

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: 
Monday, November 4, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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