Georgia State University, Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:GSU-Physics and Astronomy-PD [#20581]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Nuclear Theory
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Atlanta, Georgia 30303, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Nuclear Theory
High Energy Physics
Nuclear Physics
High-Energy Theory
Machine Learning
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/11/19)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The Nuclear Physics Group in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Georgia State University (GSU) invites applications for a postdoc position in Nuclear Theory to begin in the fall 2022. The position is supported by the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS) at Stony Brook University, as well as Jefferson Lab through its funding from the Department of Energy. The appointment is for two years and can be extended to a third year contingent on the funding and postdoc research performance. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree in nuclear theory or closely related field by the beginning of the position. An agreeable start date for this position will be determined with the successful candidate.

We conduct research on hard probes of quark matter, broadly defined. The topics include, but not limited to, jet substructure and heavy flavor, heavy ion physics, Electron Ion Collider (EIC) studies, effective field theory, precision perturbative QCD calculation, nonperturbative QCD phenomena, nuclear target fragments, general purpose Monte Carlo event generators, and machine learning applications. Candidates with experiences in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For this position, we are particularly searching for candidates who are motivated and have experiences in precision calculation, collider physics techniques and/or machine learning, to collaborate on the EIC theory initiative efforts here, besides the research topics of the candidates' expertise and interests.

Our group consists of a theory faculty Yang-Ting Chien (nuclear theory PI), who is a bridge staff scientist at the Theory Center at Jefferson Lab (JLab) (, and three experiment faculties Megan Connors, Xiaochun He and Murad Sarsour, who are actively involved in the PHENIX, sPHENIX and EIC experiments ( As a GSU-CFNS postdoc fellow, the successful candidate is expected to spend three months per year at CFNS with travel support and opportunities to collaborate with researchers there. Also, the postdoc is encouraged to be involved in JLab theory group activities and will be supported to visit JLab to establish further collaborations. The successful candidate will have access to computing resources at JLab and GSU through the theory PI's bridge position.

Applicants should submit a CV, research statement, publication list, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded on your behalf on Complete applications received before December 10, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Georgia State University is an equal opportunity employer. It continues to be the policy of the University to implement affirmative action and equal opportunity for all employees, students, contractors, consultants and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, gender, transgender status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or disability. (More information:

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Georgia State University
Physics and Astronomy Department
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Atlanta, GA 30303