Postdoctoral Associate, Computational Galaxy Formation

Massachusetts, United States
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE IN COMPUTATIONAL GALAXY FORMATIONKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI), to work on general computational galaxy formation research under the direction of Professor Mark Vogelsberger. His research group is broadly interested in galaxy formation and evolution simulations ranging from large to small scales within the early to present-day Universe. Will pursue novel applications of astrophysical codes and contribute to large simulation collaborations. Specific projects may relate to the epoch of reionization, alternative dark matter models (WDM, SIDM, FDM), cosmic dust physics, ISM physics, star formation, black hole feedback, or radiative transfer.  Will be encouraged to pursue independent research projects and to collaborate with other researchers at MKI.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field.  Experience in high-performance computing and code development would be advantageous, especially related to large-volume or high-resolution cosmological hydrodynamics simulations. Applicants with a strong computational astrophysics background are encouraged to apply regardless of their prior scientific concentrations. Job #19110

In addition to applying via the MIT website, applicants should submit a CV, publications list, and a brief past and future research statement (no more than three pages).  Please identify, in your application, three references and their contact information. Letters will be requested from a subset of applicants. Completed applications and a list of references should be sent electronically to Ms. Thea Paneth ( by January 15, 2021. PDF format is strongly preferred. Questions may be directed to Prof. Vogelsberger (

The initial appointment is for two years with the extension to a third contingent on a performance review.