Current Job Openings

ONGOING - Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational High Energy Density Physics
The Flash Center for Computational Science in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in computational high energy density physics (HEDP), with emphasis on the design and interpretation of HEDP experiments using simulations with FLASH, a highly capable multi-physics numerical simulation community code developed by the Center.

The Flash Center is leading, co-leading, or participating in a variety of astrophysically-motivated HEDP experiments at the LULI2000 laser facility in Paris, France; the Vulcan laser facility at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in the UK; the French Laser Megajoule (LMJ) at Bordeaux; the Omega laser facility at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester; and the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Postdoctoral Scholar will take an active role in designing and interpreting these experiments using validated FLASH simulations; interact and collaborate with scientists at national labs and academia; write research papers and reports and present them at conferences and meetings; and assist with Flash Center proposals to funding agencies. This is for an initial one-year appointment, with a renewal for a second year and the possibility of renewal for a third year.

Candidates must have completed the requirements for a Ph.D in a related field at the time of appointment (astrophysics, physics, engineering, applied mathematics, computational science) and substantial experience in programming and numerical methods. Experience in HEDP is highly desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are also highly desirable.

Applicants must apply directly to the Flash Center for Computational Science. Please email a cover letter; a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; a description of research interests; and three letters of reference. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please refer to Postdoctoral Scholar position in Computational HEDP in email subject line.

Please email all required documents to:
Ellen Harder, Business Administrator
Flash Center for Computational Science
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
The University of Chicago
5640 S Ellis Avenue – ERC 554
Chicago, IL 60637

Screenings of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Chicago offers a comprehensive benefit program that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance plans.

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