Computational Astrophysics Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos, NM, USA

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Deadline:  2024-01-15

Location:  Los Alamos, NM, USA

The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking exceptional candidates for multiple postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics. With a diverse group of over 50 staff, students, and postdocs from across LANL organizations, the CTA encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration across a wide variety of astrophysical topics, and provides a broad expertise and a strongly supportive community.

What You Will Do
Postdocs in the CTA apply semi-analytical models, high performance multi-physics simulations, data analysis, and machine learning to solve critical problems across a wide variety of astrophysical topics. These include supernovae and kilonovae explosion mechanisms and transients, stellar evolution, gamma-ray bursts, accretion, stellar evolution, planetary physics, and cosmology. CTA works with LANL and external collaborators to tie these simulations with ground and satellite-based missions including HAWC, NuSTAR, LIGO, LISA, JWST, EHT, and ZTF. Together the CTA strives to apply the computational innovations from astrophysics to other laboratory programs including The Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, Office of Experimental Sciences, and Global Security.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Education: Completion of a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field within the last five years or expected completion within the current academic year.

Desired Qualifications:
– Knowledge and experience in developing, applying, or analyzing numerical simulations to advance the understanding of astrophysics.
– Expertise in one or more of the following areas: hydrodynamics, radiation transport, reaction networks, numerical relativity, atomic/molecular physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, data analysis, or machine learning.
– Experience with compiled or interpreted programming languages, for example: C, C++, Fortran, Julia, and/or Python.

Inquiries should be sent to When applying on-line, please include the following files with your application: a CV (please include month/year of PhD); three letters of reference (may be submitted online by applicant or emailed by letter writer to; and a detailed cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in working with the CTA, mentor(s) the candidate is interested in collaborating with, and how they satisfy the requirements for the position.

Fellowship Opportunities: Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship, CNLS Fellowship, Chick Keller Fellowship, or Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellowship.

Postdoctoral positions are for 2 years, with a potential for a renewal for a third year.

For full consideration for the Metropolis Fellowship please apply by December 17, 2023. For all other positions apply by January 15, 2023 for full consideration.

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.