Simons Foundation, Flatiron Institute

Position ID:Simons Foundation-Flatiron Institute-ARSRSICC [#26925]
Position Title: Associate Research Scientist/Research Scientist, Initiative for Computational Catalysis
Position Location:New York, New York 10010, United States
Subject Areas: Chemistry
Computer Science
Condensed Matter Physics
Materials Science
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2023/12/22)
Position Description:    

Associate Research Scientist/Research Scientist, Initiative for Computational Catalysis

The Initiative for Computational Catalysis (ICC) invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist position. Consideration will be given to applicants in all areas of research relevant for computational catalysis, including electronic structure theory, statistical mechanics, molecular and quantum dynamics, and machine learning or data science approaches. In exceptional circumstances appointment at the Research Scientist level may be considered.

Directed by Angel Rubio and co-directed by Timothy Berkelbach, the Initiative for Computational Catalysis (ICC) develops and applies new computational techniques to fundamental open problems in catalysis, broadly defined. These techniques will possess the accuracy necessary for meaningful, quantitative predictions of catalytic chemical reactions, such as those underlying the transition away from a fossil fuel dependent economy, with more general impacts in the energy, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and transportation industries. See:

The Initiative will be a finite duration effort (10 years), housed within the Flatiron Institute, and will officially open on July 1, 2024. At its peak, ICC will comprise 25 research and data scientists at career stages from recent Ph.D.s through senior scientists, as well as support staff, visiting scientists, and affiliated graduate students and interns. ICC will have vigorous visitor and workshop programs and strong interactions with scientists from neighboring institutions.

Associate Research Scientists/Research Scientists at ICC are researchers who develop theoretical concepts, algorithms and codes, and apply these to obtain new insights into the electronic structure and dynamics of catalyzed chemical reactions. Associate Research Scientists develop their own research programs and also work in collaboration with ICC Research Scientists as well as postdoctoral fellows. Reporting to the director or co-director of ICC, these positions are based at the Simons Foundation in New York City.
Associate Research Scientists are typically appointed for an initial three-year period; the appointment may be renewed for up to another three years. Research Scientist positions are not term-limited. Associate Research Scientists may be reviewed for promotion to a non-term-limited position as a Research Scientist. Hiring will occur at either level depending on the qualifications of the applicant.

▪ The full-time annual compensation range for the Associate Research Scientist level is $130,000 - $155,000, depending on experience.
▪ The full-time annual compensation range for the Research Scientist level is $155,000 - $185,000, depending on experience.
▪ In addition to competitive salaries, the Simons Foundation provides employees with an outstanding benefits package.
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▪ Ph.D. in a related field
Related Skills & Other Requirements
▪ Postgraduate research experience (typically 2 to 6 years for ARS positions, 5 to 10 years for RS positions) in theoretical chemistry, materials science, quantum many-body theory, condensed matter physics, or another field of interest to the ICC.
▪ A record of excellence in scientific publication
▪ Ability to do original and outstanding computational research
▪ Effective oral and written communication skills
▪ Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment

Application Instructions
Required Application Materials
▪ CV
▪ Research statement outlining both past research accomplishments and a vision for scientific research at the ICC
▪ Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers

Applications for available positions that begin in 2024 will be reviewed in Fall 2023 and considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For full consideration, application by December 8th, 2023 is recommended.

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