The Department of Physics at the University of Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral associate to conduct research on topics related to supermassive black hole formation and evolution, galaxy evolution, active galactic nuclei, and gravitational wave sources. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and/or interest in modeling black hole formation and evolution in cosmological simulations, or other topics that overlap with the research of Dr. Laura Blecha’s group. Candidates with an established research agenda willing to broaden their skills through collaboration in the rapidly evolving, vibrant research atmosphere developing at the University of Florida are especially highly sought after. The successful candidate will be encouraged to build collaborations with Dr. Blecha’s group and with other members of the growing computational astrophysics center at UF, as well as with our colleagues around the world. The nominal start date is Sept. 1, 2019, though this is flexible.
The position is renewable annually for up to three years based on satisfactory performance. A competitive salary and funds for research/travel will be provided, and the position includes a benefits package. The successful candidate will have access to significant computational resources via the state-of-the-art HiPerGator2.0 research computing cluster. The Physics Department and the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida have active research groups in many areas of theoretical/computational and observational astrophysics, including gravitational waves, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology. Moreover, both departments are currently expanding through an ambitious faculty hiring initiative, including a major push in Astrophysics with a total of eight new hires in the last two years and more planned for the coming year. The successful candidate will also have access to collaborative opportunities campus-wide via the newly established Informatics Institute at the University of Florida.
For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/56974 and must include: a cover letter, research statement summarizing the applicant's ongoing research directions and future interests, and a CV that includes a list of publications. These files can be uploaded separately or as a single PDF. In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by December 15, 2018. For more information, please contact Laura Blecha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that promotes diversity in many forms. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to this environment through their scholarship and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of culture, music, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities, including organizations that support the interests of people from varied backgrounds.
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