Postdoctoral Position in Nuclear Astrophysics Data Science and Theory

Michigan State University East Lansing , United States

Published Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:53 AM Expiration Thu, 12/17/2020 - 12:00 AM or until the posting is filled

The IReNA International Research Network for Nuclear Astrophysics, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) headquartered at Michigan State University in the US are seeking to fill the position of a Research Associate in nuclear astrophysics data science. The successful applicant will work with Hendrik Schatz at Michigan State University on code development for a novel data framework for including nuclear data in astrophysical model simulations. The applicant is expected to propose an independent research program that will utilize the new data framework for research in nuclear astrophysics.

The successful applicant will collaborate with senior scientists at other JINA-CEE / IReNA partner institutions to incorporate the data framework into ongoing research efforts. Depending on the applicant's interests, Matthew Mumpower at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US and/or Marco Pignatari at Hull University in the UK are available as co-mentors. The position is initially for one year. Subsequent employment at the partner institution may be possible. While this is a full-time position located at Michigan State University, remote or part time arrangements may be possible and interest in such arrangements should be expressed in the application.

The position offers unmatched collaborative and networking opportunities with the world-wide network of research institutions participating in IReNA International Research network for Nuclear Astrophysics and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA-CEE). The successful applicant will be part of a community of more than 60 postdocs that share their experiences at the annual collaboration meeting, seminars, and numerous other workshops and conferences, many of which are organized by postdocs and students. Postdocs are particularly encouraged to take advantage of national and international visitor and exchange programs supported by JINA-CEE and IReNA. JINA-CEE and IReNA are committed to an equitable and welcoming research environment as set forth in the JINA-CEE code of conduct.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Computational Science, or related fields
  • Experience in scientific code development
  • Experience with scientific data products


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go search for posting number 676166

 and follow the application process. Review of applications will begin December 17, 2020.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.