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Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Theoretical Astronomy & Astrophysics

Deadline: 11:59pm, December 1, 2020

Image Credit: Sasha Tchekhovskoy, Northwestern University

Northwestern University expects to offer postdoctoral associate positions in theoretical astronomy and astrophysics starting in fall 2021.

These positions will be part of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern. Successful applicants will benefit from interaction with a broad interdisciplinary group of researchers and will be immersed in a diverse and dynamic intellectual environment (learn more about CIERA’s programs and activities). CIERA researchers have exclusive access to two high-performance computer clusters, providing access to 1,344 compute cores. Additional HPC resources, including high-memory nodes, are available through Northwestern’s Quest cluster (see for more information). A dedicated Computational Specialist is also on staff to assist CIERA researchers.

Of particular interest this year are candidates who will work with:

  • Prof. Claude-André Faucher-Giguère on galaxy formation modeling (including cosmological simulations, star formation and stellar feedback, supermassive black hole growth and feedback, and IGM/CGM/ICM),
  • Prof. Vicky Kalogera on gravitational-wave data analysis and astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution, and interacting binary evolution, or
  • Prof. Sasha Tchekhovskoy on modeling compact object accretion and ejection in a wide range of astrophysical contexts (including compact object mergers, magnetic stellar explosions, gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, ultra-luminous X-ray sources, tidal disruptions, and active galactic nuclei). Two postdoc positions are available in Tchekhovskoy’s group, one of which focuses on the physics of neutron star accretion in collaboration with Kyle Parfrey and another on black hole accretion, broadly defined.

Please submit applications electronically at Academic Jobs Online Job ID 16789.Applications should include a CV (including a list of publications with the most important 1 to 3 publications indicated with an asterisk), a three-page statement of research accomplishments and plans, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online. All questions should be sent by email to Applications received by December 1st, 2020 will receive full consideration. Later applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

Please state that you are applying for a Theoretical Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Associate position in your cover letter. If you wish to simultaneously apply for a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellowship position (Job 16789), submit a single copy of your application materials and specify all positions in your cover letter. Applicants must complete their Ph.D. requirements prior to appointment.

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