Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 4, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Simons Foundation, Flatiron Institute
New York
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

In 2016, the Simons Foundation launched the Flatiron Institute (FI), a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling and simulation. The FI hosts scientists and collaborating expert programmers who work to create, deploy and support new state-of-the-art computational methods.


The Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA), led by David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses.

The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or cosmology. Researchers with Ph.D.s in applied mathematics, statistics or computer science should have significant scientific publications in the astrophysics or cosmology literature.

Associate Research Scientists will develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets. Associate Research Scientists are expected to develop their own research programs or work in collaboration with group leaders at the center. These positions are based at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

CCA is advertising for joint positions with neighboring universities as well as full-time positions at the Flatiron Institute. Generally, these positions are three-year positions and may be renewed for another three years. In the sixth year, Associate Research Scientists may be reviewed with the possibility of promotion to a non-term-limited position as a Research Scientist.



  • Conduct research in computational astrophysics or work on the development of novel techniques for the analysis of large data sets
  • Publish research in refereed scientific and technical journals
  • Develop computational astrophysics techniques
  • Provide publicly available software for use by the astrophysics community
  • Support the public use of available software
  • Assist in the organization of computational astrophysics workshops and conferences
  • Assist in the organization of weekly group seminars
  • Present papers at scientific conferences
  • Supervise research conducted by Flatiron research fellows and graduate and undergraduate students from neighboring institutions
  • Mentor summer students and assist in the organization of summer programs
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned or required


  • Education
  • Ph.D. in a related field


  • 1 - 6 years of postgraduate research experience in computational astrophysics
  • A record of excellence in scientific publication


  • CV
  • Research statement outlining both past research accomplishments and a vision for scientific research at the Flatiron Institute
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to


  • All applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2018.


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, December 14, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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