University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Position ID:UTK-Department of Physics & Astronomy-POSTDOC1 [#23064]
Position Title: Post Doctoral Associate - Theoretical Astrophysics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Theoretical Physics / Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2022/12/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/09/30, listed until 2023/03/30)
Position Description:    

The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral research associate to be appointed in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the research group of Prof. Sherwood Richers. The appointment is scheduled to begin September 1, 2023, though an earlier appointment is possible. Richers’ research group is presently focused on theoretical modeling of neutrino transport and quantum kinetics in core-collapse supernovae and neutron star mergers. We strongly interact with the Nuclear Astrophysics group at UTK (Mezzacappa, Hix, Steiner), N3AS, NP3M, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Endeve, Messer), and the ExaStar Collaboration.

We are seeking a candidate who will contribute to the monumental task of (1) understanding the microphysical processes and instabilities present in explosive astrophysical environments (2) determining how these processes interact with dense matter, magnetic fields, curved spacetime, radiation, and nucleosynthesis in multiple dimensions, and (3) developing models that serve as robust predictions of multi-messenger signals and tests of fundamental physics.

The successful applicant will: - Have demonstrated expertise in the physics of multi-messenger sources, including general relativity, hydrodynamics, neutrino kinetics and flavor transformation, nuclear equation of state, or other areas that would allow for meaningful contributions - Be able to identify and pursue research problems independently while working as part of a team to accomplish a larger goal - Have experience designing algorithms for high-performance computing using C, C++, Fortran, CUDA, and/or other relevant tools like git or HPC infrastructures - Have excellent verbal and written communication skills

Duties and training will include: - Performing excellent research resulting in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences - Contributing to open-source codebases as needed for the research - Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in related research - Contributing to scientific coordination and collaboration by organizing workshops, seminars, etc. as needed - Applying for computing and funding needed to perform the research - Public outreach or other activities that use your research/skills to enrich people’s lives outside of the research community

Required Education: PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, or a related field completed no later than August 2023.

Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UT policy. In addition, UT provides an excellent fringe benefits package. For more information: https://hr.tennessee.edu/benefits/. The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors among the world’s top two percent of physicists based on citation count, the award of the prestigious American Physical Society 2021 Bonner Prize, eleven APS Fellows, and three AAAS Fellows. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs and with national and international leadership in numerous fields.

The Department respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Department.

Applicants can apply at: https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobdetail.ftl?job=220000026X&lang=en. Please provide a curriculum vitae with a complete publication list, and a brief (two-page) statement of research experience and interests. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Prof. Sherwood Richers at richers@utk.edu.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 5, 2022.

Inquiries regarding this position can be made to Dr. Sherwood Richers at richers@utk.edu.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in theoretical condensed matter physics within the group of Prof. Ruixing Zhang at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The successful candidate is expected to work in theoretical topological quantum materials, in particular topological superconductors, higher-order topological insulators, topological semimetals, Floquet topological matter, etc.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field (degree to be completed no later than May 2022). Candidate should have rich research experience and a strong publication record in theoretical condensed matter physics with an emphasis on topological phases. Familiarity with first-principles calculations on topological materials would be an asset but is not required. Applicants should provide: (1) A CV, including a publication list. (2) A statement of research interests and accomplishments. (3) A minimum of two letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information about this position, please contact Prof. Ruixing Zhang (ruixing@utk.edu). The Department has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors among the world’s top two percent of physicists based on citation count, the award of the prestigious American Physical Society 2021 Bonner Prize, eleven APS Fellows, and three AAAS Fellows. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs and with national and international leadership in numerous fields.

The Department respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as, candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Department and University. The latter should be demonstrated in the candidate’s Statement of Equity and Inclusion. The University’s campus is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, annual international festivals, such as the Big Ears Music Festival, and seasonal and weekly events such as Jazz on the Square, Shakespeare on the Square, and the Farmers Market. To apply, visit: Job Description - Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Physics (210000026C) (taleo.net) The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


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