Simons Foundation, CCQ

Position ID:Simons Foundation-CCQ-FRF [#14775]
Position Title: Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Quantum Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:New York, New York 10010, United States [map]
Subject Area: Quantum Computing
Appl Deadline:2019/11/15help popup (posted 2019/09/23)
Position Description:    

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Directed by Antoine Georges and co-directed by Andrew Millis, the Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) is a leading international center for the study of equilibrium and non-equilibrium many-body quantum systems, with applications to condensed matter physics, materials science, chemistry and related fields. The development of the concepts, algorithms and code libraries needed to advance the field is fundamental to the work of the center. Research projects currently pursued at CCQ cover a broad range of methods and interest, see: 

CCQ currently comprises more than 30 scientists at various career stages from recent Ph.D.s through senior scientists, also including data scientists, support staff and scientific visitors, and is planned to grow to 50+. The institute has a vigorous visitor and workshop programs and has strong interactions with scientists from neighboring institutions. 

Flatiron research fellows in CCQ are highly motivated individuals at the postdoctoral level with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: theoretical condensed matter physics, computational physics, materials science, theoretical chemistry, applied mathematics and computer science. Reporting to research scientists or the Center Director or co-Director as appropriate, Flatiron research fellows work on developing new concepts, algorithms, and codes needed to understand the many-particle quantum problem, and on the physical and chemical properties of systems requiring this new understanding. Fellows are expected to disseminate their results through scientific publication, participation in conferences, workshops, and seminars, and through mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.  

The initial appointment would be for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year, contingent on performance. The CCQ is in New York City and the anticipated start date is between July 2020 and December 2020. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Performing theoretical and computational research Developing, implementing and maintaining scientific software as required Assisting in the organization of CCQ and Flatiron-wide collaborative activities including seminars, workshops and meetings Actively participating in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and presenting at scientific conferences; Assisting in student mentorship Sharing expertise and providing training and guidance to CCQ staff and visitors as needed. 

This position will be based, and have a principal office or workspace, at the foundation in New York City. 

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field 

Related Skills & Other Requirements 
  • Ability to do original and outstanding theoretical/computational research in condensed matter physics, chemistry or a related field;
  • Expertise in relevant computational and theoretical methods; 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; 
  • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills. 


  • Curriculum vitae with publication list 
  • Research statement describing past important results and current research interests 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to 

Applications for available positions that begin in 2020-2021 will be reviewed beginning in Fall 2019 and considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For full consideration, submitting an application by Nov 15, 2019, is recommended. 


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.

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