Post-Doctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral/research scientist position in computational astrophysics in the theoretical astrophysics research group at the University of Rochester. The scientific focus includes a range of astrophysical hydro/MHD/plasma topics including outflows and accretion in binary systems and evaporation of exoplanet atmospheres.

This program, run by Professor Adam Frank and Professor Eric Blackman, is part of a long-term study combining astrophysics theory, high performance computing, observations and high energy density laboratory experiments.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to both develop and implement numerical tools to model real astrophysical systems and related high energy density laboratory plasma experiments created in pulsed power experiments. The multi-institutional collaboration team includes a range of personnel including faculty, senior programmers, graduate students and undergraduates. In addition to work on this project, the successful candidate will also have a portion of their time to pursue their own scientific interests.

The computational group at the University of Rochester developed and uses a state of the art Adaptive Mesh Refinement code AstroBEAR and the successful applicant would be expected to contribute to both its development and application. The position is for two years with a possible third year, depending on performance.

The theoretical and computational astrophysics group at the University of Rochester is part of a vibrant, broad, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional astrophysics community that connects to broader themes in plasma astrophysics, local observational programs in star and planet formation, stellar and galactic astrophysics, and laboratory plasma astrophysics connected to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (housing one of the largest fusion laser facilities in the world), and computational investigations of black holes at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Review of applications will be ongoing until a successful candidate is chosen. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

The University of Rochester an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education. All applications are considered without regard to race, sex, age, religion or national origin.

Applications consist of a CV, a statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please submit these to Shirley Brignall ( We prefer applications and letters of recommendation to be received electronically. If sending by post, please use the following address:

Computational Astrophysics Post-doc
c/o Shirley Brignall
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0171