Postdoctoral Associate

Stony Brook, NY
Sep 29, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate-1702759

Required Qualifications (As evidenced by an attached resume):

PhD in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Applied Math or related field in hand by June 30, 2018. Experience writing and running hydrodynamics simulation codes. C++ and Fortran programming.

Preferred Qualifications:

Understanding of low speed hydrodynamics approximations. Knowledge and experience with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. Experience with research in stellar evolution.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral position in computational stellar astrophysics. The postdoc will work with Profs. Michael Zingale and Alan Calder and will be expected to work on developing new formulations of low speed hydrodynamics algorithms incorporating rotation in the Maestro hydro code ( and applying this to massive star evolution. The postdoc will collaborate with colleagues at LBNL and other institutions in the TEAMS SciDAC project on core-collapse supernova work. Experience with hydrodynamics, low speed / projection methods, adaptive mesh refinement, stellar evolution, high-performance computing with C++ and Fortran, and a commitment to open science are desired.

The position is for 2 years with the possibility of an extension. The initial pay rate is $61,000 / year + benefits. The candidate must have obtained a PhD degree (in astro, physics, or applied math or equivalent) by the start of the position.

Will develop the analytic formulation of the low Mach number equation set with rotation.

Will create self-consistent methods for initializing rotating equilibrium stellar models.

Will implement new algorithm ideas in the Maestro hydrodynamics code and perform verification tests.

Will assist in performing simulations of convection in massive stars in the lead up to core-collapse.

Will present research findings at collaboration and national/international meetings.

Other duties as assigned.

Special Notes:The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Physics and Astronomy-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Variable 9:00am-5:00pmPhysics and Astronomy-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Sep 27, 2017
Posting End Date: Dec 1, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: CWE
Salary Grade: E89


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