Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Mar 05, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position in theoretical and computational astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will collaborate with Profs. Sean Couch, Luke Roberts, and Andrew Christlieb.

The successful candidate will lead an effort to characterize the impact of rotation and magnetic fields or the core-collapse supernova mechanism, and related topics.

Responsibilities will include:  

  • Implementation of new methods for magnetohydrodynamics, transport, and microphysics;
  • Execution of cutting edge simulations.

This position is part of the US Department of Energy Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) TEAMS nuclear astrophysics project (

MSU boasts excellent resources for research in computational nuclear astrophysics, including the 400-teraflop Laconia supercomputer, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics-Center for the Evolution of the Elements.

The appointment is initially for one year, renewed annually for up to four years, based on performance and the availability of funding.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in a related discipline by the start of the appointment.

Experience in large-scale numerical simulation and code development is required. T5e successful candidate will be expected to effectively use local and NSF/DOE supercomputing platforms

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a CV and a statement of research interests to (posting number 492027).

In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting. Letters must be uploaded separately.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 19, 2018, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Sean Couch,

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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