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Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Planetary Science

Recruitment Period

Open Oct 1, 2013 through Nov 15, 2013

Description

Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Planetary Science

The Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for the TAC Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting in the summer or fall of 2014. The Fellows are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in theoretical astrophysics, cosmology or planetary science. The positions are for three years. In addition to being considered for the TAC Fellowship, applicants will also be considered for Berkeley-Taiwan ASIAA postdoctoral positions, TCAN postdoctoral positions in star formation (McKee/Klein) and black hole accretion (Quataert), and other grant-supported postdoctoral positions with TAC members.

Current senior members of the TAC include Jonathan Arons, Eugene Chiang, Joanne Cohn, Marc Davis, Al Glassgold, Wick Haxton, Daniel Kasen, Richard Klein, Chung-Pei Ma, Philip Marcus, Christopher McKee, Burkhard Militzer, Eliot Quataert, Uros Seljak, and Martin White. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy Department and with other experimental and theoretical programs in the neighboring Physics Department, Space Sciences Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Additional information on the TAC can be found at the following url: http://astro.berkeley.edu/tac/

Please indicate in your cover letter which of the following positions you would like to be considered for (more than one is fine): TAC Fellowship; TCAN postdoc in star formation (McKee/Klein); TCAN postdoc in black hole accretion (Quataert); Berkeley-ASIAA postdoctoral position.

Salaries for these full-time positions are commensurate with experience.

The minimum qualifications required to be considered an applicant for the position are the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation by the application date.

Candidates for ALL positions should have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent in astrophysics or a related field by the date of hire. Please make sure that three letters of reference are uploaded by your referees by November 15, 2013. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the U.C. Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters. For questions contact Mary Minch at maminch@berkeley.edu. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) provides a comprehensive program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance.

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Postdoctoral Position in Black Hole Accretion Theory

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a postdoctoral position in black hole accretion theory, affiliated with a Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN) awarded to Charles Gammie (UIUC), Eliot Quataert (UC Berkeley), and Jim Stone (Princeton). The position is for a total of three years, subject to continued progress each year. The position starts in the summer or fall of 2014.

Successful candidates will be expected to spend considerable time at UIUC and/or Princeton, collaborating with other TCAN participants (a minimum of one month a year). Candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy and Physics Departments and the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.

Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: black hole accretion theory; grid-based numerical methods for MHD and/or relativistic fluid dynamics; numerical methods for radiative transfer; non-relativistic or relativistic astrophysicalplasma physics.

The salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience.

The minimum qualifications required to be considered an applicant for the position are the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation by the application date. Candidates should have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent in astrophysics or a related field by the date of hire. Please make sure that three letters of reference are uploaded by your referees by November 15, 2013. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the U.C. Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters. For questions contact Mary Minch at maminch@berkeley.edu. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) provides a comprehensive program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance.

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Postdoctoral Position in Star Formation Theory

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a postdoctoral position in computational star formation theory, affiliated with a Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN) awarded to Richard Klein and Christopher McKee (UC Berkeley), Mark Krumholz (UC Santa Cruz), and Eve Ostriker and Jim Stone (Princeton). The position is for a total of three years, subject to continued progress each year. The position starts in the summer or fall of 2014. Candidates are encouraged to apply for similar positions at Princeton and UCSC as well.

The successful candidate will interact strongly with the other candidates in this TCAN, and will have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy and Physics Departments and the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.

Candidates must be proficient in modern programming languages such as C, C++, and/or Python. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: star formation and/or the interstellar medium; grid-based numerical methods (particularly AMR) for large scale radiation-hydrodynamics, radiative transfer and/or or MHD simulations. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct code development and a broad research program in a Grand Challenge problem in star formation using the state-of-the-art adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) radiation-MHD code ORION. Access to substantial computing resources at national supercomputer centers supporting this research will be made available.

The salary for this full-time position will be commensurate with experience.

The minimum qualifications required to be considered an applicant for the position are the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation by the application date. Candidates should have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent in astrophysics or a related field by the date of hire. Please make sure that three letters of reference are uploaded by your referees by November 15, 2013. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the U.C. Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters. For questions contact Mary Minch at maminch@berkeley.edu. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
 The Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) provides a comprehensive program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance.

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More information about this recruitment: http://astro.berkeley.edu/tac/

Requirements

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References

3 letters of reference required