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Research Scientist, CCA


Simons Foundation
Headquarters: New York, NY
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The Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA), led by David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses. In steady state, CCA will be comprised of up to 50–60 researchers.
The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: galaxy formation, statistical astronomy or cosmology. Research scientists should have a record of significant scientific accomplishments and have at least 10 years post-Ph.D. research experience.

Research Scientists will either develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets or lead theoretical programs in one of the focus fields of the center. Research Scientists are expected to develop their own research programs or work in collaboration with group leaders at the center. Reporting to David Spergel, these positions are based at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

Generally, these positions are non-term limited.

  • Conduct research in computational astrophysics or work on the development of novel techniques for the analysis of large data sets
  • Publish research in refereed scientific and technical journals
  • Develop computational astrophysics techniques
  • Provide publicly available software for use by the astrophysics community
  • Support the public use of available software
  • Assist in the organization of computational astrophysics workshops and conferences
  • Assist in the organization of weekly group seminars
  • Present papers at scientific conferences
  • Supervise research conducted by Flatiron research fellows and graduate and undergraduate students from neighboring institutions
  • Mentor summer students and assist in the organization of summer programs
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned or required


  • Ph.D. in a related field

  • A minimum of 10 years of postgraduate research experience in computational or theoretical astrophysics
  • A record of excellence in scientific publication

Required Application Materials
  • CV
  • Research statement outlining both past research accomplishments and a vision for scientific research at the Flatiron Institute
  • Three names of referees
DEADLINE: Applications for this position are no longer being reviewed for the 2017-2018 year. Review of submitted applications for the 2018-2019 year will begin in October 2017.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.