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Iowa State University Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics and Astronomy in Ames, Iowa

Faculty Position Information:

Position Title:Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics and Astronomy

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with Prof. Jake Simon and join a rapidly growing planet formation group at Iowa State University. The researcher will work on numerical and theoretical studies in the general area of planet formation, with possible focus areas to include protoplanetary disk physics, structure, and evolution and planetesimal formation. They will run simulations wtih the Athena and Athena++ gas dynamics code on both local HPC facilities and on XSEDE supercomputers. Additional responsibilities include writing up results in peer-reviewed publications and presenting their work at conferences. There may also be opportunities to co-advise graduate and/or undergraduate students and closely collaborate with observers, depending on the project.

This is a one year term appointment with the option to renew. All accrued vacation must be used during term of appointment or will be forfeited.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field obtained prior to appointment date.

Experience with running numerical simulations of gas dynamics processes on high-performance-computing facilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with the Athena and/or Athena++ gas dynamics codes is preferred, but not required.

Department/Program & College Description:

Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:September 1, 2020

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:October 31, 2021

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter specifically addressing how the applicants research interests fit into the job description

3) a brief (1 page) statement of research interests

4) Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:September 20, 2019

For consideration, submit application before:December 6, 2019

Job Requisition Number:R768

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

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If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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