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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 746498
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physics-Astronomy 10032666
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Postdoctoral positions in computational galaxy formation - Michigan State University

Applications are invited for two research associate (postdoctoral) positions in computational galaxy formation at Michigan State University. The candidate for position #1 will work in conjunction with Professors Mark Voit and Brian O’Shea to study the link between the properties of massive galaxies and stellar and AGN feedback, as mediated by the circumgalactic medium. The candidate for position #2 will work in conjunction with Professor Brian O’Shea and the FOGGIE collaboration to study galaxy formation using the Enzo-E code, which is a complete rewrite of the Enzo AMR code that uses the Charm++ parallel programming system to take advantage of the design of exascale- class supercomputers.

The responsibilities of position #1 include performing research in theoretical galaxy formation, developing, running, and analyzing simulations using the Athena++ code. The responsibilities of position #2 include performing research in theoretical galaxy formation with the FOGGIE collaboration, and participating in Enzo-E code development within the Enzo-E collaboration in support of this research. In both positions there will be opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in projects related to this work and to participate in other professional development activities such as teaching, grant-writing, and public outreach. Travel and research funds will be available, as will computing time on MSU’s High Performance Computing Center, NSF XSEDE and NASA resources, and the Frontera supercomputer at TACC.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -astrophysics, astronomy, physics, or a closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics, astronomy, physics, or a closely related field, and have significant expertise in computation. In addition, applicants for both positions should either have experience in running and analyzing astrophysical simulations of any sort. Knowledge of the C++ programming language or experience in parallel code development is preferred. Experience with Athena++, Enzo, Enzo-E, or adaptive mesh simulations is not required. We especially encourage applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, and a statement of research interests to (posting number 746498). Please specify in your cover letter which position you are interested in (or if you are interested in both). In addition, applicants should provide the names and email addresses of three (3) individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested.


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Special Instructions

Appointments are expected to start between April 1 - September 1, 2022. These positions are initially for two years, with renewal for a third year subject to performance and availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience, and medical benefits and a relocation package are included. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2022, and will continue until the position has been filled. The starting date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available by no later than Summer 2022. Questions regarding position #1 may be directed to Professor Mark Voit at, and questions regarding position #2 may be directed to Professor Brian O’Shea at

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