University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Physics & Astronomy

4799 23064
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 finished (2022/09/30, finished 2023/03/24, listed until 2023/03/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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: 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: 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

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

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.

Application Materials Required:
Those requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
401 Nielsen Physics Building
1408 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1200