Joint Johns Hopkins University/Flatiron Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Johns Hopkins University/Flatiron Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Department of Physics & Astronomy is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position in simulations of galaxy formation and evolution, to be offered jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute in New York City. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the expectation of renewal for a total of four years. The first 2 or 3 years of the fellowship will be held at JHU, with approximately monthly trips to the CCA, and the last year will be held at the CCA. At the CCA, the appointment would be as a Flatiron Research Fellow; for more information, see the posting at The successful candidate will benefit from the rich scientific atmospheres at JHU, CCA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which is located across the street from JHU. STScI is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and will be the operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope when it is launched in 2021.

The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr. Susan Kassin (JHU & STScI) and Dr. Christopher Hayward (CCA) to perform mock observations of galaxy simulations to inform the planning and interpretation of observations of galaxy morphologies and integral field unit kinematics at high redshift. Experience with galaxy formation simulations, radiative transfer, or mock observations is appreciated but not required. The postdoc will have opportunities to participate in observational work, help mentor graduate students, attend journal clubs/coffee meetings/colloquia at JHU & STScI, and/or work with summer students as a member of Kassin's research group. A fraction of time will be available for independent research, which will be encouraged. The postdoc will also be encouraged to fully participate in the vibrant environment at JHU/STScI/CCA, including seminars and workshops, and to interact with JHU/STScI/CCA staff and visitors. Funds for conference travel and professional development will be provided. Throughout the four-year term, the postdoc will have access to substantial computing resources at the CCA.

A listing of department members and activities in Physics & Astronomy at JHU can be found at A listing of the research staff and their areas of research at STScI can be found at A description of the research groups and members of the CCA can be found at

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of past research (3 pages), and statement of research interests and plans (3 pages) and arrange to have three reference letters sent directly by the writers. All application materials should be sent by email to Drs. Kassin and Hayward at, and submitted to CCA via by January 15, 2019. The position can start as early as spring 2019 or as late as September 2019.

JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


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: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. Susan Kassin and Dr. Christopher Hayward