Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate


Franklin College Physics & Astronomy Dept

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedure: To apply, applicants should submit the following materials:

1. Cover letter.

2. Resume/Vitae.

3. A two page research statement covering past and current research, which should be uploaded to “research portfolio.”

4. A one page statement about future research plans, and how they see their research interests aligning with or complementing those of Dr. Hall and other members of the department at UGA. This should be uploaded to “Other documents 1."

5. A 300 word statement outlining their past and future commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity. This should be uploaded to “Other documents 2."

6. Three letters of reference submitted directly by the referees to Robin Taylor at [email protected] by the deadline listed below.

Questions related to this position may be directed to Robin Taylor at [email protected]

To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by July 6, 2021.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EOO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


Research (including simulations, code development and data analysis)

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Maintenance of graduate student excellence through mentoring

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Preparation of manuscripts

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

The goal of the proposed position is to increase our fundamental understanding of planet formation. The candidate will:

1)Perform astrophysical fluid simulations of protoplanetary accretion discs
2)Develop new code methods and enhance existing techniques for integrating dust into astrophysical fluids
3)Perform radiative transfer calculations (modelling how light moves through an object) to generate synthetic observations
4)Interpret simulation and observational data, synergizing both domains.
5)Mentoring of UGA graduate students, to ensure continued excellence and development of professional and research skills.
6)Produce manuscripts for publication in leading astronomical journals.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or a closely related field.

Physical Demands:

Using a computer.

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Posted: 5/12/2021
Application Due: 7/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time